KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho- Authorities tracked down a man early Friday after he allegedly eluded police and later crashed his car into the Coeur d’Alene airport.
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s department said they attempted to stop Jared Salamina, 22, early Friday but he didn’t initially stop. Authorities said he eventually pulled over a few blocks later, but sped away as the deputy walked up to the car door.
The deputy pursued Salamina for a few blocks but discontinued quickly due to high speeds and weather conditions. However, the deputy did manage to grab Salamina’s license plate number.
Around 4:30 a.m., the sheriff’s office received an anonymous call from a citizen that said he had picked up Salamina and drove him to his house in Athol. The citizen reported Salamina’s parents were planning to take him to the hospital because he crashed his car near the Coeur d’Alene airport.
While deputies were responding to the Athol area to attempt contact with Salamina, other deputies were searching for the crashed car. Eventually, the crashed car was located. The car had been driven through an airport fence and crashed into a fuel pump depot, causing about $40,000 in damage and spilling and spilling about 200 gallons of aviation fuel. Fire and airport personnel were called to the scene to deal with the fuel and damage.
Meanwhile, more deputies located Salamina and his mother driving south on Highway 95 near the Garwood area. They stopped the vehicle and detained him. He was transported to Kootenai Medical Center, where he was later released and then taken to the Kootenai County Jail.
He was booked into the jail for leaving the Scene of an Accident, Failure to Report the crash and Reckless Driving; all charges at this time are misdemeanors and his bond is currently $900.00.
Authorities said that charges for felony eluding are pending. The suspect could also face probation violation charges. Salamina is currently on probation for previous drug charges according to officers.