Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Road rage leads to felony charges; Overnight felony arrests

02-18-10 Road rage leads to felony charges; Overnight felony arrests

02-18-10 Road rage leads to felony charges; Overnight felony arrests

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    Arrested: Anthony T. Opalka, 39, Boise

    Charges:Aggravated Assault (F)

    Boise Police responded to a report of road rage yesterday (February 17th) at approximately 6:30 p.m. near the area of Cole and Entertainment. The victims, an adult man and woman with a child under 3 in their car, tell police the suspect began tailgating their vehicle after they exited the interstate at Cole road. Witnesses say the pickup truck continued to follow them extremely close as they made their way across town, to the area of South Entertainment and West Overland. As the suspect continued to tailgate the victim's vehicle, traveled in a parking lot behind a large retail outlet, victims tell police the driver of the truck sped up next to their car and swerved at them intentionally, forcing the victims to swerve away to avoid collisions twice. At this point, the victims called police on a cell phone. The vehicles continued through the parking lot onto Hackamore street before victims say the pickup accelerated past them and came to a stop sideways in the middle of the road, blocking the lane of traffic. At this point, victims state the driver exited the vehicle and began walking towards them. Fearing for their safety, the victim driver drove into oncoming traffic to get around the pickup and flee the scene. Officers located the suspect vehicle on Five Mile near Overland. After a detailed investigation, the suspect was booked at the Ada County Jail on the above listed charges.

Idaho State Code TITLE 18, CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS, 18-905.Aggravated assault defined.

An aggravated assault is an assault:(a) With a deadly weapon or instrument without intent to kill; or(b) By any means or force likely to produce great bodily harm.

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   Arrested: Michael D. Brewer, 38, No known Address

   Charges:Possession of a Controlled substance with Intent to Deliver (Meth)(F), Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver (Marijuana)(F), Parole Violation Charges

   A Boise Police Officer near the intersection of Myrtle and Broadway yesterday morning (February 17th) at approximately 7:00 a.m. observed a vehicle sitting at a red light. The light turned green, then red again without any movement from the vehicle. Officers, concerned for the safety of the driver, approached the vehicle and observed the driver slumped over the wheel with the vehicle running. Officers woke the driver up and opened the door. They noted the distinct odor of marijuana in the vehicle. A police K-9 alerted on the vehicle indicating the likely presence of drugs. A search of the vehicle revealed 6.5 ounces of marijuana and more than 2 ounces of meth. A check through Ada County dispatch confirmed the suspect had a parole violation warrant out of Oregon. Officers have evidence indicating the suspect had offered the drugs for sale. The suspect was booked at the Ada County Jail on the above listed charges.

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   Arrested: Jennifer N. Rohde, 22, Nampa

   Charges:Possession of a Controlled substance with Intent to Deliver (Meth)(F), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (m)

   Arrested: Stephen M. Hartman, 40, Meridian

   Charges:Possession of a Controlled substance with Intent to Deliver (Meth)(F), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (m)

    Boise Police, working on a citizen tip of a possible wanted person, responded to a hotel on the 2500 block of Airport Way yesterday afternoon (February 17th) at approximately 2:00 p.m. As officers arrived, they located the suspects in the parking lot and observed Hartman throw something under a vehicle. A check through Ada County Records verified two warrants for the arrest of Stephen Hartman. A Boise Police K-9 alerted on the vehicle, indicating the likely presence of drugs. Officers recovered a plastic bag containing 3 grams of meth from under the vehicle were officers had observed the suspect throw the bag. Officers also recovered a container with Meth residue in it, scales, cash, and a pipe from the suspects. Officers have evidence that indicates the suspects had been involved in the sale of drugs. The suspects were booked at the Ada County Jail on the above listed charges.

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Release Prepared By:


Charles McClure
Boise Police Public Information