Man Accused Of Trying To Set Wife On Fire Leads Police On Chase; - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Man Accused Of Trying To Set Wife On Fire Leads Police On Chase; Kills Himself

Kootenai County Sheriff's Press Release:

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office reports that last evening before 11:00 p.m., they received a call from a person who told them that their relative, Daniel Zehm, had his wife, Sondra Zehm and a gun.

Daniel Zehm was arrested in November of 2011 for allegedly throwing gasoline on his Sondra and threatening to light her on fire. There is a current "No Contact Order" against Daniel Zehm.

Daniel allegedly told the reporting party that he was in the Fernan area and heading towards
Kellogg. Sheriff's deputies and Idaho State Police officers began looking for Zehm, with
deputies finding the Zehm vehicle on Fernan Lake Road near the Fernan Gun Range. Deputies
followed Daniel Zehm as he drove up the hill towards Fernan Saddle, finally catching up to him
near the saddle. They attempted to stop Zehm at that time, and Zehm fled, westbound, back
towards Coeur d'Alene.

At one point, during the pursuit, Mrs. Zehm jumped out of the moving vehicle. Mrs. Zehm did not need medical care. As Daniel Zehm entered Fernan Village, his front tires were flattened by a spike device that had been deployed by the Idaho State Police. Coeur d'Alene Police also joined the pursuit at this point. As Zehm went under the I-90 overpass, he suddenly stopped and fatally shot himself.

Due to The Sheriff's Office, Idaho State Police and Coeur d'Alene Police being involved, Sheriff
Watson requested that the Spokane County Sheriff's Office take the lead in conducting the
investigation. More information will be released as it becomes available.

Previous Coverage:

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A police chase ended late Saturday night with the suspect pulling over his car, shooting and killing himself.

Kootenai County Sheriff's deputies received a report of Daniel Zehm, the man recently arrested for allegedly trying to set his wife on fire, was holding his wife at gunpoint in his van. Once contacted by deputies, Zehm drove off with his wife in the van. During the chase his wife was able to jump out safely.

Deputies eventually were able to pop Zehm's tires and shortly after that, Zehm pulled over and shot and killed himself.

We are awaiting more details on this story and will update it with new information as soon as it becomes available.

Previous Coverage Of Daniel Zehm:

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Authorities are accusing a Dalton Gardens man of dousing his wife with gasoline and trying to set her on fire during a dispute in their home.

Police say they arrested 52-year-old Daniel Zehm Sunday. He was charged Monday with intent to commit a serious felony and burglary for entering his own home with the intent of committing a felony.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports Zehm is being held in the Kootenai County Jail and is barred from having contact with his wife, Sandra Zehm.

Investigators say the couple began arguing Saturday night and continued into Sunday morning. At one point, police say Zehm burst into the home and dumped gasoline on his wife, saturating her
clothing. He is then accused of harassing his wife and flicking a cigarette lighter.

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