Pocatello man gets five years for fleeing police


A Pocatello man was sentenced to prison Monday for a November incident in which he injured a police officer while fleeing.

Randy Brent Tracy, 49, was sentenced in Bingham County Court to two to five years in prison for battery on a law enforcement officer and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer in a motor vehicle.

Several other charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement, including three charges of assault or battery upon certain personnel, resisting or obstructing officers and a persistent violator enhancement. Tracy was given credit for 221 days served.

Tracy was arrested in Blackfoot on Nov. 4 for warrants in Bingham, Power and Bannock counties. Tracy refused orders to turn his car off, and an officer reached into the vehicle to grab him.

The officers drew their weapons after seeing Tracy reach to his side, telling him to show his hands. Tracy turned the car off, then started it again and drove off.

An officer again reached into the car, and his hand was injured when Tracy shifted the car into drive. The other officers, who were standing on the vehicle’s step plates, were forced to jump off as Tracy sped away.

Tracy attempted to flee on Highway 91 at speeds up to 90 mph before he surrendered.

Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.