Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

092209 Arrest follows Erratic Driving, Pursuit

092209 Arrest follows Erratic Driving, Pursuit
Driver in Custody after Driving Extreme Speeds through West Boise
 
   Boise, Sept. 22, 2009. - Boise Police have arrested a man after he was seen by officers driving at extremely high speeds on several major roadways through West Boise as streets were crowded with rush hour traffic.
 
   Arrested: Richard Anthony Barnett, 37, no known address
   Charged: Eluding Police (F) 2 cts,   Reckless Driving (m), Resisting and Obstructing Officers (m), Driving Without Privleges (m)
  
   What Happened:
   Approx 4: 20 p.m. this afternoon a Boise Police Officer on patrol near Cole & Fairview saw a 1993 Acura Legend driving with what appeared to be improper registration. As the officer went to pull over the driver of the vehicle, he sped off. Officers chased the Acura briefly west on Fairview, but when they saw the suspect vehicle turn and drive erratically at a high speed through the Hastings parking lot, for public safety, officers decided to discontinue the pursuit.
 
   A few minutes later, another Boise Police officer spotted the same vehicle, again driving at excessive speed on Ustick east of Cole. Again the officer attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, but it raced away. Again, believing the dangers of a chase outweighed the risk posed by the driver, officers did not pursue.
 
   ACHD cameras spotted the suspect vehicle headed outbound on I-184. Several police units were called to block freeway off ramps to try and intercept the suspect vehicle.
 
   Another few minutes passed and the suspect vehicle was spotted by an officer driving at speeds of approx 70- 80 mph on Ustick. The suspect vehicle continued onto Wildwood south to Fairview. A caller into police dispatch reported that the driver of the suspect vehicle nearly ran two other cars off the road on Wildwood.
 
   As officers picked up the suspect vehicle again on Fairview, the decision was made that the driver was placing the public at extreme risk and the decision was made by BPD supervisors to pursue the suspect. Officers pursued the suspect east on Fairview to Five Mile, south on Five Mile, and west on Executive. Executive turns into Pine. At Pine and Eagle Rd, the suspect turned south. Two Boise Police officers used the PIT maneuver to stop the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle tried to drive away after the first PIT, so a second officer used the PIT maneuver again which finally stopped the suspect vehicle. Both the officer's car and the suspect vehicle came to rest on Eagle Rd just south of Pine on the railroad tracks.
 
   As officers approached the suspect and attempted to take him into custody, the suspect refused to obey police commands. A Meridian Police officer, who had arrived to assist, deployed a Taser. The suspect was then taken into custody without further incident at 4:45 p.m.
 
   Traffic on Eagle Rd, south and north was closed between Pine and Franklin for about half an hour, however delays caused by the incident lasted more than an hour on Eagle Rd.