Video: Eastern Idaho Man Arrested After Asking For Sheriff Deputy's ID 

click to enlarge EDWARD KIMMEL, CC BY 2.0


There is no law in Idaho requiring police to show identification when requested by citizens. That's at the heart of a complaint from an eastern Idaho man who said he was wrongly arrested on a remote Idaho road.

Daniel and Claire McIssac, of Idaho Falls, were about 100 miles from their home when they were pulled over by a Lincoln County sheriff's deputy. Daniel McIssac admits he might have been speeding on the remote Lincoln County road, but when McIssac asked the deputy to show some form of identification, that's when things went south.

The deputy said he didn't have to show ID and McIssac proceeded to dial 911, asking for verification that the deputy was who he said he was. McIssac was promptly put in handcuffs and charged with obstructing an officer and falsifying a 911 call.

"No one's around. No one's going to see us die," said Claire McIssac, who captured the incident on her smartphone and shared the video with KIDK-TV. "Your mind goes crazy. I thought we were going to die. I thought we were going to be placed in a shallow grave and forgotten."

Lincoln County Sheriff Kevin Ellis told KIDK-TV that his deputies need to get to the business at hand during a traffic stop and shouldn't be wasting time showing identification.

"My officer was wearing a full uniform. He was in a marked vehicle with all of the lights and all of the stickers and everything," said Ellis. "We don't like to delay any longer than we have to. We don't like to be out on the side of the road any longer than we have to."

Meanwhile, Daniel McIssac pleaded not guilty on Friday to the charges of obstructing an officer and falsifying a 911 call. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for later this month.
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