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Driver in 'medical distress' prompts police chase on I-84

One person was taken to the hospital after the pursuit, according to Idaho State Police
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Idaho State Police

MERIDIAN, Idaho — A driver experiencing a medical issue struck multiple cars and failed to stop for police during a Monday evening chase down Interstate 84, according to Idaho State Police.

The pursuit started just before 9 p.m. after ISP received reports of a driver in a Chevrolet Silverado swerving out of lanes and hitting other cars on eastbound I-84 in Nampa. Troopers responded and attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver did not stop.

All lanes of the eastbound interstate were shut down during the pursuit.

Ultimately, the Chevrolet came to a stop near the Eagle Road exit. Troopers used bean-bag rounds to break the window of the pickup to get to the driver, who was in "medical distress," according to Idaho State Police.

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The driver was then taken to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise for pre-existing medical issues, ISP said. The person's current condition is unknown.

According to ISP spokeswoman Lynn Hightower, the medical issue is believed to be the cause of the person's erratic driving. No charges have been filed related to the pursuit, and the driver's name has not been released.

All lanes of I-84 are back open.

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