HAYDEN, Idaho-- Snow helped local law enforcement track down a man after he allegedly stole two vehicles and crashed one of them into a residence.
It started around 3 a.m. when Michael Roy Mackinnon stole a car from the Target parking lot between Highway 95 and Government Way in Coeur d'Alene, according to the Kootenai Co. Sheriff's Office.
The 19-year-old quickly crashed that car just around the corner on Government Way near Wilber Avenue. The suspect then allegedly took off on foot.
Deputies were able to follow the suspect’s footprints in the snow to Pacific Steel on the 7400 block of N. Aqua Circle. Deputies witnessed a large flatbed truck crash through the gate and head northbound on Government Way.
Deputies quickly followed and they said Mackinnon led them on a pursuit. During the pursuit, the flatbed truck lost approximately 26,000 pounds of plate steel, which fell onto Government Way.
The chase ended when Mackinnon turned into a dead end in the Juno Trailer Park. The sheriff’s office says Mackinnon hopped out of the truck and tried to take off on foot again. He reportedly left the truck in gear when he attempted to flee, causing the truck to bump into residence. Additional units were called in when officials discovered the truck caught fire shortly after the crash.
Authorities chased down Mackinnon on foot and arrested him a short distance away near Juno and Hayden. Deputies said he just moved to Coeur d'Alene from San Diego.
No one was home at the time of the crash and the fire was put out before it jumped to the house. However, there was some structural damage due to the collision. Both stolen vehicles suffered significant damage. A Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office patrol car suffered minor damage from hitting steel in the road.
The suspect did not suffer any injuries.
McKinnon was booked into the Kootenai County Public Safety Building on several charges including Grand Theft, Felony Eluding, and Driving Under the Influence.