A man who police say led them on multiple car chases died Thursday night after a police pursuit in Owyhee County.
Daniel Abel, 35, of Owyhee, Nevada, had been wanted by officers from the Bureau of Indian Affairs even before he crossed the Idaho state line Thursday, according to a news release from the Idaho State Police.
Bureau officers said he led them on multiple high-speed car chases earlier in the evening in a 2001 GMC Sierra pickup. Those chases began after multiple people called police and reported Abel as driving in an erratic manner and almost causing crashes in Nevada. Bureau officers warned Idaho State Police troopers Abel would likely be impaired, according to the release.
An Idaho trooper caught sight of the truck at about 8:20 p.m. and followed it for several miles. Sheriff’s deputies from Owyhee and Elmore counties also aided in the pursuit.
On Highway 51 in Owyhee County, south of Bruneau, Abel lost control of the truck and it careened down an embankment. He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the truck, according to the release. A passenger in the car, 37-year-old James Thomas, of Fallon, Nevada, was wearing a seatbelt.
First responders took both men to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, where Abel died of his injuries.
The Ada County Coroner’s Office confirmed Abel died from experiencing blunt-force trauma in the car wreck. His blood-alcohol content, taken at the hospital, was 0.3%, according to Coroner Dotti Owens. The legal limit is 0.08%.