04-30-09 Driver tries to Elude Officers Downtown Overnight
Boise April 30th, 2009 - Boise Police Officers on patrol downtown overnight saw a vehicle traveling the wrong direction on a one-way street. The incident turned into a short pursuit through streets that fortunately, because of the hour, were fairly empty of traffic. The driver was eventually stopped by officers, charged with one Felony, and under investigation for other potential charges.
Arrested: James K. Arasim, 36, Seattle
Charges: Eluding a Peace Officer (F), Idaho State Code 49-1404
What Happened: Boise Police Officers on patrol at approximately 2:17 a.m. this morning heard, then saw a taxi driver honk his horn at a vehicle traveling the wrong direction on N.11th Street, the suspect was driving south on one way northbound. Officers then saw the suspect vehicle then turned west on Main St., which is one-way eastbound. The suspect vehicle, a 2009 Toyota Corolla, traveled a short distance, then made a U-turn and drove back east on Main. The Boise Police patrol officer activated his overhead emergency lights and stopped the vehicle at Capitol and Main.
The Pursuit: As the officer got out of his patrol car, the suspect vehicle accelerated, turning north onto Capitol Blvd. The officers followed as the suspect vehicle was going very slow, approx 5 - 10 mph, as it turned west onto Idaho Street. Officers again tried to get the driver to pull over by activating their siren, but the driver continued, turning south on 11th, then again turning the wrong way on Main, going west on an eastbound road. On Main, officers say the suspect vehicle accelerated to approx. 45 - 50 mph in the wrong direction. Fortunately, officers say, at that early hour, there were no other cars on Main Street.
The suspect vehicle continued driving and turning on downtown streets, with officers following with their lights and sirens. One officers tried to maneuver his patrol cars to block and stop the suspect vehicle, but the driver was able to get around the patrol car. Officers say several times, the suspect vehicle nearly collided with curbs and a second police car that had was assisting in the stop.
The Stop: As the suspect vehicle eventually drove west onto a section of Main Street that is one-way westbound, the vehicle slowed at 21st St. Two Boise Police officers in separate patrol cars were then able to block the suspect vehicle. As the suspect vehicle sifted into reverse, a third BPD patrol came up behind and officers finally had the suspect stopped and boxed in.
The Arrest: As officers approached the vehicle the suspect raised his hands, but would not open the car door as commanded by officers. Both front doors were locked. The Toyota kept rolling as it remained in reverse, and bumped, but did not damage the patrol vehicle directly behind it. Officers broke out the driver side window, unlocked the driver's door, and pulled the suspect out of the car.
The driver was taken into custody and booked on the Felony charge of Eluding Police.
Further Investigation: During the stop, officers smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the suspect. Whether alcohol or a possible medical condition contributed to the drivers behavior is still under investigation at this time.
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