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Teen arrested on MIP, resisting arrest charges

Staff Writer | October 7, 2023 1:00 AM

SANDPOINT — An 18-year-old Sandpoint High School student was taken into custody after police alleged he showed up to school intoxicated and attempted to evade police last month.

On Sept. 19, Sandpoint Police officers received a call from the Sandpoint High School assistant principal claiming a student was under the influence of alcohol. When police arrived, court records contend the student — later identified as Jesse Middleton — was sitting with an armed security officer outside the school.

Middleton allegedly refused to give officers his last name but admitted to drinking a beer approximately two hours prior. Middleton allegedly admitted to police that he was on probation, according to court records.

“As soon as I took out my cell phone [to call the probation officer], Middleton stood up and took off running,” an officer said in the probable cause affidavit.

Middleton allegedly ran to the back alley of the middle school before being intercepted by another school employee who noticed police chasing after him, court records said. Middleton was detained and his breathalyzer test resulted in a .022 BAC, according to court records.

Middleton was arrested on charges of being a minor in possession of alcohol and resisting/obstructing officers. His bail was set at $2,500 and he has a jury trial date of Dec. 7.

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