Pocatello man to be arraigned on charges connected to high-speed pursuit

Randy Brent Tracy

Randy Brent Tracy

By Kendra Evensen, kevensen@journalnet.com 

BLACKFOOT — A 48-year-old Pocatello man will be arraigned in Bingham County District Court next week for his alleged involvement in a high-speed pursuit in Blackfoot last month.

Randy Brent Tracy is facing six felony charges: three counts of aggravated assault or battery upon certain personnel; battery on a law enforcement officer; fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer in a motor vehicle; and an enhancement for being a persistent violator, according to court records. He is also facing a misdemeanor charge for resisting or obstructing officers.

His arraignment has been set for Dec. 11.

Capt. Scott Gay with the Blackfoot Police Department said Tracy was arrested following a vehicle pursuit that reached speeds of more than 90 miles per hour on Nov. 4.

The incident began when officers received a report of a suspicious vehicle at a gas station in the area of Judicial and Meridian in Blackfoot. They soon learned that the driver had warrants out for his arrest, Gay said.

The officers asked Tracy to get out of the vehicle, but he allegedly did not comply. At that point, the officers and the suspect got into a struggle over the gearshift and keys, Gay said. One officer sustained minor hand injuries in the incident.

Tracy allegedly got the vehicle into gear and started moving forward while the officers were still standing on the running board, Gay said, but added that they were able to jump off.

Officers pursued Tracy to Bronco Road, where he stopped, Gay said, adding that he complied with officers’ requests at that time and was taken into custody.