Boise man taken into custody after stand off at gas station

BOISE - Police have arrested 25 year old Anthony R. Schmidt following a police chase and standoff that tied up traffic on Boise's south side for 2 1/2 hours.

Investigators say a patrol officer spotted a stolen car with Schmidt behind the wheel. When he tried to pull him over Schmidt took off.

Police say he holed himself up in the Jackson's on S. Roosevelt near Nez Perce St. The store was evacuated as police say the suspect has a violent past including drug and weapons charges. SWAT was called in.

Police eventually arrested him in the bathroom. Schmidt is now charged with grand theft, obstructing officers and contempt of court papers.

Schmidt was booked into the Ada County Jail.