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North Powder stolen vehicle leads to arrest at Idaho pizza parlor


Troopers with the Idaho State Police arrested a man on the roof of a Caldwell pizza restaurant this morning after he crashed the stolen pickup he was driving. ISP dispatchers and Troopers were able to contact the owner of the pickup who says the personal items inside the truck and the truck itself are very meaningful to the family and they are happy the truck was located and will be returned.

What happened: Idaho State Police received word from Oregon State Police that a man driving a stolen pickup was entering Idaho on eastbound Interstate 84. The pickup was reported stolen earlier this morning from North Powder in Union County, Oregon.

An ISP Trooper on patrol in Canyon County spotted the pickup at approximately 10:18 a.m. The Trooper attempted a traffic stop but the driver continued on. Another Trooper deployed spike strips that disabled the vehicle just west of Caldwell. At South 10th Avenue in Caldwell, the pickup went down an embankment and crashed into a fence. The man driving ran from the crash scene and toward a nearby pizza restaurant where he was able to climb onto the roof. With the assistance of a ladder truck from the Caldwell Fire Department, Officers with the Caldwell Police Department and ISP Troopers also accessed the building’s roof and took the man into custody. Troopers booked him into the Canyon County Jail.

Arrested: Justin Jay Ransford, 25, Montana

Charged: Grand Theft (F)
  Eluding an Officer (F)
  Resisting and obstructing officers (m)
  Leaving the scene of a crash (m)

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