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Bountiful man who has eluded Utah police captured in Idaho

Published: Thursday, Nov. 14 2013 11:55 a.m. MST

Police look for a man involved in a high-speed chase after he ditched his car and entered a Home Depot in Salt Lake City Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Police look for a man involved in a high-speed chase after he ditched his car and entered a Home Depot in Salt Lake City Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

BOISE — A Bountiful man with several warrants who allegedly led officers on an intense chase last week has been arrested in Idaho.

Travis McDonald, 31, was arrested at a Boise motel Wednesday night without incident, said Utah Motor Vehicles Enforcement spokesman Charlie Roberts.

The break for law enforcers came when McDonald and a woman he was with attempted to use a credit card stolen from a Utah resident, according to a statement from Boise police. The credit card owner contacted Boise authorities, who went to a hotel on the 2200 block of West Airport Way just after 10:30 p.m.

Officers discovered a woman had just attempted to use the stolen credit card at the motel and tried to forge the victim's signature, according to police.

"Officers searched the area and found a woman matching the female suspect's description in the hotel parking lot with another male, both getting luggage out of a Toyota SUV," Boise police reported.

Police photograph the scene after a high-speed chase accident in West Valley City Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Police photograph the scene after a high-speed chase accident in West Valley City Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

Both the man and woman tried to give officers several false names, according to authorities. Detectives searched both suspects and found they were each carrying drugs. McDonald was also carrying a loaded .22-caliber pistol and stolen credit cards, according to police.

The SUV was stolen out of Utah. A search of the vehicle and McDonald's luggage uncovered "tons of other stolen property" when he was taken into custody, Roberts said.

McDonald and Kristie L. Nuneviller, 30, of Salt Lake City, were arrested for investigation of a variety of charges, including grand theft, drug possession and fraud.

On Nov. 6, police say McDonald led them on a chase while trying to avoid being arrested. Part of that chase included running into a Home Depot, 328 W. 2100 South, Salt Lake City, forcing officers to evacuate the business. Police searched in and around the store for an hour without success.

Police photograph the scene after a high-speed chase accident in West Valley City Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Police photograph the scene after a high-speed chase accident in West Valley City Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

McDonald is no stranger to law enforcement and is currently wanted on several felony warrants in addition to the recent incident with police.

He was charged Oct. 25 with felony drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. In that case, McDonald was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over by the Salt Lake Metro Gang Unit. Detectives said they found a "case" in McDonald's pants containing methamphetamine and a drug pipe.

In September, he was charged with trying to use a stolen credit card. McDonald also had a stolen vehicle from a home in Cottonwood Heights and told investigators he got the car from his "drug dealer," according to court documents.

Police interviewed McDonald in the back of a police squad car. When he got out of the car to leave, the officer noticed a baggie containing meth and heroin that wasn't there before, according to court records. The officer also found a stolen gun and a stolen set of spinal surgery implants worth about $20,000, court records state.

Shoppers are asked to leave as police search for a high-speed chase suspect at the Home Depot in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News) Shoppers are asked to leave as police search for a high-speed chase suspect at the Home Depot in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

McDonald was convicted of attempted possession of a dangerous weapon in 2011. He was also convicted of drug distribution and theft by receiving stolen property and was sentenced to up to five years in prison.

In 2006, McDonald was sentenced to prison in a string of cases that ultimately resulted in convictions of attempted felony theft and making a fraudulent financial transaction.

He was first incarcerated at the Utah State Prison in March 2006 and was released in November 2008. He returned to prison in March 2009 and was released again in June 2011. He was most recently released from prison in March after being sent back in September 2011.

Nuneviller also has a lengthy criminal record in Utah, including multiple arrests or convictions for retail theft and drug-related charges. She also has outstanding warrants.

Law enforcement officers apprehend and question a man who they believed was the suspect in the Home Depot in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013.  The man was released after questioning. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News) Law enforcement officers apprehend and question a man who they believed was the suspect in the Home Depot in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. The man was released after questioning. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

Roberts said police were now working with the attorney general's office to get McDonald extradited back to Utah.

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