05-20-08 DUI Road Rage leads to Arrests
Boise, May 20, 2008 - Boise Police arrested three men after a citizen's report of drunk driving turned violent.
Suspect: Danny R. Stroud, 21, Boise
Charges: Aggravated Assault (F), DUI (m), Driving while Suspended (m)
Suspect: Matthew Devinsapre, 19, no permanent address
Charge: Aggravated Assault (F)
Suspect: Antonio Loera, 18, no permanent address
Charge: Aggravated Assault (F), Resisting and Obstructing Officers (m)
What Happened: About 7:40 p.m. Boise Police headed to meet a citizen who called dispatch saying they were following a possible drunk driver at Federal Way and Burgeson. The citizen quickly called back and said the DUI driver had forced him off the road, stopped his car and was turning violent. Officers turned on their lights and sirens and caught up with the incident at Federal Way and Overland.
"These citizens did the right thing by calling 911 immediatley when they saw what they thought was a drunk driver," said Capt. Eugene Smith of the Boise Police bench Patrol Division. "Very, very few aggressive or drunk driving cases turn violent. Don't provoke a dangerous driver or be the antagonist. Call 911 right away and let our officers catch up with these drivers and take whatever action may be necessary."
As the first officers arrived, one person from the suspect vehicle, alter identified as Antonio Loera took off running. One officer ran after him chasing him over several fences, but lost the suspect. Loera was found by another officer soon after and taken into custody.
Two men in the victim vehicle tell officers as they were driving home from work, the suspect vehicle pulled up so close the suspect driver (Stroud) and the left rear passenger actually grabbed the victim's passenger side window. The victim says he was forced off the road by the suspect vehicle and, as the three occupants of the suspect vehicle got out of the car, each grabbed a weapon, which victims described as a tire jack, a tire iron and a metal pipe. Victims told officers they believe the sounds of sirens of approaching officers stopped potential violence.