Brian Bensen Mug Shot

LEWISTON, ID - Just past 10:00 p.m. Thursday, police in eastern Idaho were led on a chase by a driver from Nez Perce County.  According to police, 61-year-old Brian Bensen, of Lewiston, was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado pickup southbound on Interstate 15 near milepost 179, where the vehicle had been reported to 911 dispatchers by multiple citizens as swerving all over the road.  A Clark County Sheriff's deputy located the vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The driver failed to pull over.

Idaho State Police Troopers responded to the area and deployed hollow spike strips at multiple locations on I-15. The suspect's vehicle ran over the spikes, flattening 3 tires on his pickup. Police say Bensen continued to drive on the rims at slow speeds for over 20 miles. Bensen came to a stop near milepost 124 on I-15, about 5 miles north of Idaho Falls.

Bensen then refused to exit his vehicle, which began a stand-off that lasted for approximately 45 minutes. Bensen was taken into custody just before 12:30 a.m. without further incident. Traffic in both directions on Interstate 15 was blocked during the stand-off. Bensen was booked into the Bonneville County Jail on charges for resisting arrest and attempting to elude officers.