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Stites man arrested after late night pursuit

Nielsen was booked into the Idaho County Jail



— A court hearing is pending, as of press time Tuesday (Jan. 23) for Bryan D. Nielsen, 39, of Stites, who was arrested at 2 a.m. this morning after attempting to elude Idaho County deputies.


Bryan Nielsen

According to an Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) release, Sergeant Craig Hoodman attempted to stop a 2003 Subaru Impreza on B Avenue in Kooskia for failing to stop at a stop sign. The Subaru, driven by a male later identified as Nielsen, allegedly fled and accelerated to a high rate of speed crossing blind intersections without slowing and reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour. Nielsen left town and traveled east on Highway 12, turning onto Harris Ridge Road.

Deputy Sam AuGello arrived to assist Sgt. Hoodman and when Nielsen reached the end of Harris Ridge Road, they attempted to block the vehicle in. Nielsen turned and accelerated and drove between the patrol vehicles, striking the front of AuGello’s pickup as it went through. Nielsen travelled back to Highway 12, headed west then to Toll Road and Leitch Creek Rd.

Lewis County Deputy John Robideau arrived to assist as they attempted to block Nielsen at the Toll Road, Clear Creek Road and Leitch Creek intersection. Nielsen drove off the road and around the blockade and headed south up Clear Creek Road. The deputies were able to block in the Subaru on Clear Creek Road and Nielsen accelerated backwards, striking the front of AuGello’s patrol pickup then getting stuck on a snow berm.

After eluding for an hour and over 37 miles, Nielsen was removed from the Subaru and continued to resist deputies while being arrested.

Nielsen was booked into the Idaho County Jail on charges of Felony Eluding and a Probation and Parole Agents Warrant, Misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence, Resisting & Obstructing and Nez Perce County warrants for Fail to Appear on Possession of Paraphernalia and Fail to Appear on Driving without Privileges.

Lieutenant Doug Ulmer, who also assisted with the incident, remarked; “The deputies worked very well together, and we are pleased that Nielsen was taken into custody without anyone getting injured by his reckless behavior.”


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