Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

06-02-09 Road Rage, DUI Collisions, Agg Assault Arrests

06-02-09 Road Rage, DUI Collisions, Agg Assault Arrests

    Boise, June 2, 2009 - Boise Police patrol officers responded to a citizen's call of road rage at 3:48 p.m. Monday, June 1st. When officers arrived, they found a woman in a pick up had rear-ended a Kia sedan several times, causing considerable damage to the car. The driver and two passengers were in the victim vehicle. Fortunately no one was hurt. The road rage driver was arrested for felony Aggravated Battery

Arrested: Tiffany M. Wallace, 18, Boise

Charged: Aggravated Battery (F) ISC 18-907

    What Happened: The victim of the road rage, a young man driving a Kia sedan, called police dispatch reporting he was being followed by a woman in a red GMC Sonoma pick up. The victim said the woman in the pick up had cut him off, yelled obscenities at him, and was throwing coins and ranch dressing at his car. The victim reported he was actively trying to drive away from the aggressive driver but she continued to follow him.

    The dispatcher told the victim to drive to the parking lot of St. Alphonsus hospital, which was nearby, to meet an officer. When the victim pulled into the parking lot, the driver of the pick up rammed the sedan at least 3 to 4 times, according to witnesses. When officers caught up to the pair, they found the Kia sedan heavily damaged with numerous dents that appeared to be caused by the coins thrown at the car, the rear bumper of the car was falling off, and the taillights were falling out. The Kia's sides and trunk also had spots of ranch dressing that had apparently been thrown by the driver of the pick up.

    The victims of the road rage were visibly shaken and upset, but were able to speak with officers and describe what happened. The pick up driver, identified as Wallace, was also on scene when officers arrived. She was arrested on the above charges and taken to the Ada County Jail.

    Tips to defend against road rage:

    Boise Police urge motorists not to risk their safety by challenging aggressive drivers.

  • Be aware of your surroundings: One major key to safe driving is observing and responding to the unexpected things that other drivers do. Drivers should be scanning the road constantly, both ahead and (in a rear-view mirror) behind.
  • Follow the 'two-seconds-plus rule,' ensuring a safe following distance between your car and that car or truck in front of you.
  • Stay out of the way - give aggressive drivers plenty of room to get around you.
  • Yield - it's never a given that other drivers will follow the rules of the road, and to never insist on your own right of way if another driver is challenging you. The challenge isn't worth your safety.
  • Don't yell or gesture to an aggressive driver, those actions can be interpreted as another aggressive act.

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Arrested: Otto S. Martinez, 34, Hutchinson, Kansas

Charged: Aggravated Assault (F) ISC 18-905, Public Intoxication (m) BCC 6-01-06

    What Happened: Boise Police were called by employees of a convenience store on the 5700 blk of Overland shortly after 11:00 p.m. last night, Monday, June 1st.

    When officers arrived, one man, the suspect, was being held on the floor by another man. Witnesses, including several store customers and employees told officers a man, later identified as Martinez, had come into the store appearing very intoxicated, and began yelling, cursing, and spitting at store customers. According to two witnesses, the suspect threw a coin at one man, hitting him in the chest and the suspect then challenged him to a fight.

    Employees ordered the suspect to leave, which he did. However, the suspect soon returned and again began yelling at store customers. Witnesses said the suspect then pulled a box cutter, opened it, and began to threaten customers and store employees. One of the witnesses, a young man in his early 20's, reportedly punched the suspect in the face, which dropped the suspect to the ground. The witnesses then held the suspect until police arrived. 

    Officers found evidence the suspect had been drinking earlier at a nearby bar and had been thrown out for causing a disturbance there, prior to entering the convenience store. The suspect Martinez was arrested on the above charges and taken to the Ada County jail. No charges are pending against the witness who detained the suspect.

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Arrested: Lori Dawn Tippett, 37, Boise

Charge: Enhanced DUI (m) (BAC .32, .33) ISC 18-8004C

    What Happened: Boise Police were called by a citizen who reported following an apparent DUI driver near 8th and State St. at approx. 12:55 p.m. Monday, June 1st. As officers were en route, the citizen reported the vehicle, a Subaru Forenza, had been involved in a crash at State and 17th. The Subaru driver was reportedly headed westbound on State, rear-ended one vehicle causing that car to hit a third car. Witnesses say the Subaru driver speed off, turning south onto 17th, taking the corner so quickly, the Subaru hit a Postal truck parked in a driveway. one woman was hurt in the collision and was transported to the hospital complaining of what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

    The citizen following the Subaru lost sight of the vehicle before officers could catch up. 

    A short time later, a citizen called to report a minor collision on westbound Fairview just east of Orchard. Officers responded code 3 (using emergency lights and sirens), and found the same Subaru witnesses reported had left the 17th & State scene. The Subaru had rear-ended a sedan causing extensive front end damage to the Subaru. The driver of the sedan was not injured.

    Officers called EMS to treat the driver of the Subaru, later identified as Tippett. She was taken to a nearby hospital, treated and released, then taken to jail, where she had a blood alcohol level of .32, .33, resulting in an Enhanced DUI charge. At the jail, officers also found Tippetts had a warrant for her arrest on an unrelated vandalism charge.

    Enhanced DUI Penalties:

    Under Idaho law An Enhanced DUI is a blood alcohol level of .20 or above. A first arrest and conviction for Enhanced DUI equals penalties for a normal second DUI arrest (within 10 years), which are ten days to one year in the county jail, a $2,000 dollar fine, and one year mandatory license suspension.

    A second arrest and conviction (within five years) for Enhanced DUI is a FELONY, with penalties equal to a third arrest for a standard DUI (within ten years), which is 10 years in prison, minimum 30 days jail, a $5,000 dollar fine, and maximum of five, minimum of one year license suspension.

    Boise Police DUI Enforcement:

    Boise Police aggressively enforce DUI laws because of the danger drivers under the influence pose to other citizens. All Boise Police patrol officers are trained in DUI enforcement. Officers appreciate and will follow up on citizen calls reporting possible DUI drivers. BPD also has a team of officers with additional training and expertise in DUI detection, enforcement, and prosecution. The Boise Police Night STEP team has been honored by MADD and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration as one of the most production DUI enforcement teams in the country.

    For more, log onto: http://www.cityofboise.org/Departments/Police/ValleyPatrolDivision/NightSTEP/page5772.aspx

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Arrested: Alan S. Weighall, 34, Boise

Charge: Enhanced DUI (m) (BAC .36, .39) ISC 18-8004C, Driving without privileges (m)

    What Happened: Boise Police were called by a citizen following a potential DUI driver at 11;30 a.m. Monday, June 1st, on the 8300 blk of W. Overland. The witness reported the the suspect vehicle, a Chevy S10 pick up, had collided with the curb multiple times. 

    Boise Police Officers caught up with the vehicle in a nearby parking lot. Officers immediately noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from the suspect. After failing field sobriety tests, the suspect, Weighall, was taken to the Ada County Jail where he had a blood alcohol level of .36, .39, resulting in the Enhanced DUI charge. The suspect was also found to be driving without insurance.