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Man arrested for using tractor to damage property, farm equipment

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) - A 39-year-old Challis man is in the Bonneville County Jail for felony burglary and malicious injury to property charges.

Deputies arrested Michael Jon Bauchman Wednesday afternoon after they say he used a large tractor to damage property and farm equipment on a farm on the 7000 block of West Broadway.

The property owner claims he tried to run him over.

Deputies fired less lethal rounds into the cab to stop him and get him in custody.

Earlier, Bauchman was found inside a home on the 2000 S. block of 65th West by the homeowner. Bauchman ran away after slashing the tires on the homeowner's car. A backpack with Bauchman's identification and other items was left behind in a garage.

The damage caused is estimated to be around $125,000.

Further charges may be coming as the crime is still being investigated.

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