Pocatello man who apparently killed himself after leading law enforcement officers on chase had long list of criminal offenses
POCATELLO – The city man who apparently committed suicide in his car after leading law enforcement officers on a high-speed pursuit Saturday night had an extensive criminal history dating back to 2000.
The approximately 25 minute chase ended at a mobile home park off Wilson Avenue when suspect Bryan Seward turned his gun on himself, authorities said. He then involuntarily crashed his vehicle into an unoccupied mobile home. Seward had fired at law enforcement officers from his car after initiating the chase but no one was wounded, authorities said.
The 46-year-old Seward last got in trouble with the law on Oct. 31, 2013, when he was charged with lewd conduct with a child under 16 in Bannock County. The charge carried a penalty enhancement because authorities deemed Seward to be a persistent violator.
At the time of his death Seward was listed as a registered sex offender by Idaho State Police. The Idaho State Police Sex Offender Registry listed his address as 845 Wilson Ave. No. 26. That address is in the mobile home park where Seward apparently killed himself but the people living at that residence told the Journal Sunday they had never heard of Seward.
Along with about a dozen traffic violations, including driving under the influence, and a number of theft and fraud charges, Seward's criminal record includes an arrest in November of 2012 for failing to register as a sex offender. That arrest stemmed from April 14, 2012, when Seward was charged with injury to a child, probation violations and contempt of court in Bannock County.
In 2000, Seward was charged with trafficking and manufacturing methamphetamine, again in Bannock County.
Seward was also charged with three counts of lewd conduct with a child under 16 and one count of sexual abuse of a child in Bingham County in 2000.
Seward was sent to prison until 2010 because of his 2000 offenses in Bingham and Bannock counties.
Saturday night's chase and Seward's death are being investigated by Pocatello police and Idaho State Police. ..Source.. by Debbie Bryce