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Bonneville County jail inmate dies in hospital

Lopez Pedro
Pedro Lopez

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK)-UPDATE: 10-28--At around 9 a.m. Saturday, Bonneville County Jail Deputies founding Pedro Lopez unresponsive in his cell. Deputies began life-saving measures immediately and called for an ambulance.

Lopez was transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for treatment, while under guard by deputies. On Tuesday, Lopez died at the hospital.

Bonneville County Sheriff Paul Wilde said the Tri County Sheriff's Association is investigating the incident.

After a brief car chase that began shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday, Idaho Falls Police arrested Pedro Lopez, 28, of Idaho Falls on a number of felony charges.

A police officer in an unmarked police vehicle attempted to pull Lopez over near 1st Street and Fanning Avenue as part of a felony investigation.

Lopez drove away at speeds of up to 80 miles per hour as additional patrol vehicles joined the pursuit on city streets.

Lopez’s vehicle hit a private car in the Harbor Freight parking lot, causing minor damage.  He was finally stopped in the 1200 block of 17th Street when Lopez crashed into an unmarked police vehicle.

A female passenger in Lopez’s car was transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center where she was treated and released.

Inside his car, police found drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine, and heroin.

Lopez was arrested for felony eluding, possession of heroin and methamphetamine.

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  1. Please prosecutors, don’t plead this down to something that will mean he spends 6 months in jail. For once, throw the book at him. He recklessly endangered other drivers on the roads, he was already wanted on other felonies and he had meth and heroin. Prosecuting Attorney, David Clark, please abide by your missions statement: “Our mission is to seek justice, to protect the community and hold offenders accountable for their actions.” Seek high bail and let’s get him off the streets for a very long time.

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