Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Driver Arrested for Felony DUI, accused of causing 4-car crash

11-14-11 Driver Arrested for Felony DUI, accused of causing 4-car crash

    Boise, Nov. 15, 2011 - Officers with the Boise Police DUI Night STEP team arrested a man last night for felony aggravted DUI. Officers believe the man was driving under the influence of both alcohol and prescription drugs, and because of his impaired driving, caused a four-car crash that left one woman seriously injured.

    Arrested: William Timothy Larkin, 46, Boise

    Charged: Aggravated DUI (F) 

    What Happened:Boise Police were called by witnesses to a crash involving multiple vehicles at 7:14 p.m. last night, November 14th, on W. Overland Rd. near S. Vinnell St. 

    Officers found the driver of a Nissan Frontier pickup truck, identified as Larkin, had been traveling westbound on Overland when witnesses said the truck crossed into the eastbound lanes hitting a Ford Focus head-on. The impact with the Focus pushed the car back into another eastbound vehicle and up onto the curb. A fourth vehicle, another pickup truck was also hit by a box that flew out of the suspect's truck upon impact.

    Two young women were inside the Focus, both from Boise, both in their 20's. Due to the severe damage to her vehicle, the driver of the Focus had to be extricated by Boise Firefighters. Both women were taken to a nearby hospital. The passenger was treated and released with several broken bones. The driver remains hospitalized with what officers have been told are serious injuries. 

    Because of the severity of the injuries received by the driver of the Ford Focus, the Boise Police Crash Reconstruction Team was called out for a detailed investigation into how the crash occurred. 

    Responding officers could smell a strong odor of beer when they contacted Larkin. They also found evidence he had mixed the alcohol with at least three, possibly more prescription medications. Officers say his eyes were red and bloodshot. Larkin failed field sobriety tests. A blood draw was taken at the Ada County Jail for further evidence testing. 

    Aggravated DUI:ISC 18-8006 - When great bodily harm, permanent disability or permanent disfigurement to another is caused in the course of committing a DUI. FELONY: 15 years in prison, minimum 30 days jail, $5,000 dollar fine. Max 5 year, min. 1 year license suspension, begins at the end of the period of incarceration.

    For more information on DUI penalties and the Boise PD DUI Night STEP team, log onto:

http://www.cityofboise.org/Departments/Police/TrafficEnforcement/DUINightSTEP/page5772.aspx