A 21-year-old man was arrested Saturday after Meridian police say he stole his grandmother’s car and led them on a pursuit topping out at 90 mph through some of the city’s residential neighborhoods.
Police on Saturday caught sight of a green SUV pulling out of a Walmart parking lot in the 500 block of West Overland Road with a man, later determined to be Avery Harrison-Ceci of Boise, at the wheel. According to an affidavit of probable cause for his arrest, officers learned the car had been reported stolen from Caldwell and followed it. Harrison-Ceci began to “drive evasively, almost striking cars,” so the officer turned on the police vehicle’s lights and sirens.
For the next five minutes, Harrison-Ceci led police on a car chase through southern Meridian, at times speeding more than 30 miles an hour over the speed limit through a residential neighborhood, according to the affidavit. He reached 90 mph on South Meridian Road, and also drove into oncoming traffic.
The car “left the roadway” at West Harris Street and South Kentucky Way, breaking through a wire gate as it did, according to the affidavit. Harrison-Ceci fled the car, but then threw himself on the ground and surrendered.
Police found methamphetamine, a glass pipe and tin foil in the car, according to police. Harrison-Ceci admitted to stealing the car from his grandmother, according to the affidavit.
“Avery admitted to being extremely high, and I noticed he could barely keep his eyes open but was also extremely fidgety,” the officer wrote in the affidavit.
Harrison-Ceci was booked into the Ada County Jail on suspicion of seven criminal charges, including grand theft, attempting to flee or elude a police officer in a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance, all felonies. Officers also noted he had two felony failure to appear warrants for his arrest.
He appeared in court Monday, and a judge set his bond at $100,000. His next scheduled court appearance is April 22.