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Posted on: June 21, 2022

Press Release – High-Speed Chase Ends with Felony Arrest

OVERTON, CHRISTOPHER BRENT

On Sunday, June 19, 2022, at approximately 12:04 a.m., a Blaine County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol on Main St. in Hailey, Idaho observed a black Legacy Subaru approaching from the rear at a high rate of speed and changing lanes to maneuver around traffic.

When the deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop, the Subaru accelerated at a high rate of speed, ran a red light at the Countryside/Hwy 75 intersection, traveled at speeds above 100 MPH, weaved through traffic crossed over multiple double yellow lines, and lanes as it sped through the cities of Hailey and Bellevue. After approximately eighteen miles, the vehicle pursuit ended near milepost 96, approximately five miles south of the Timmerman Junction.

The driver, Christopher Brent Overton, age 33 of Hailey, Idaho, was arrested and charged with Felony Eluding a Peace Officer, I.C. 49-1404. Overton was also charged with three misdemeanors, Driving Under the Influence (Second Offense in 10 years), I.C. 18-18004(1)(a), Possession of a Controlled Substance Marijuana Less than 3 ounces, I.C. 37-2732(C)(3), and Driving Without Privileges, I.C. 18-8001. Overton has a prior DUI conviction from 2014. 

Overton was arraigned in the Blaine County Magistrate Court Tuesday afternoon where a bond of $25,000 was ordered by the Judge.

Sheriff Steve Harkins 

Posted: 4:45 p.m. on June 21, 2022

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