Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, January 16, 2012

Traffic stop leads to Marijuana Trafficking, DUI driver speeds through downtown on a busy weekend night; Weekend Arrest Report

01-16-12 Traffic stop leads to Marijuana Trafficking, DUI driver speeds through downtown on a busy weekend night; Weekend Arrest Report

Arrested: Sean Patrick Griffard, 21, Boise
Charges: Eluding an Officer (F), DUI (m), Possession of marijuana (m)

    A Boise Police Officer on patrol Saturday morning, Jan 14th at 2:00 a.m. saw a driver head the wrong way on a one-way street, the driver was going southbound on N. 3rd Street, a northbound only between Main and Idaho Streets. The officer stopped the vehicle, got out of his car and went to speak with the driver. The officer immediately suspected, due to the driver's bloodshot eyes and slurred speech that he may be impaired. The driver then put his car in gear and sped away. The officer did not pursue the suspect vehicle, but saw him drive through two stop lights, 3rd & Front and 3rd & Myrtle Streets at a high rate of speed, estimated at 50 mph in a 30 mph zone. Other officers called to the area to help stop the suspect vehicle saw the suspect's car drive the the wrong way down S. Capitol Blvd and fail to stop at stop signs at 5th & Broad and 6th & Broad Streets. Downtown streets were very congested with cars and pedestrians and officers were very concerned for citizen safety due to the suspect's erratic behavior. 

    Finally, officers were able to get the driver to stop the car at 9th & Broad Streets. The suspect was arrested for felony Eluding and DUI. In a search of the vehicle, officers found a baggie with approx. 7.6 grams of marijuana. The suspect was also found to be carrying a second baggie with approx. 6.7 grams of marijuana. A blood draw was done at the Ada County Jail for further evidence testing. The suspect did have a large white dog in the car with him. Officers took the dog to the Idaho Humane Society for safe keeping.

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Arrested: Dillon R. Hansen, 21, Boise
Charged: Battery on a law enforcement officer (F), Resisting & Obstructing (m),  Possession of marijuana (m), DUI (m)

    Boise Police were called to check on a man apparently passed out in his vehicle parked in the handicapped spot at a convenience store on the 7300 block of W. Ustick Rd Saturday morning, January 14th at 7:19 a.m. The first arriving officer noted the man in the driver's seat, later identified as Hansen, was moving slowly, but was slumped low in the seat. He had the car keys in his right hand and began moving them toward the ignition. The officer also saw vomit next to the car and on the driver and he could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver. Fearing the man was going to try and start the car, the officer reached inside the car and a grabbed the driver's right arm. The man began struggling with the officer. A second officer arrived to help. The driver also grabbed that officer's arm and began squeezing so tightly the officer was left with bruises and fingernail prints in his arm. The driver also yelled verbal threats to the officers. Eventually the officers were able to control the suspect. In a search following the suspect's arrest, officers found him in possession of approx. 1.5 grams of marijuana. At the jail, the suspect blew a BAC of .125/.114.  

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Arrested: Tyler W. VanBrocklin, 30, Boise
Charged: Possession of a Controlled Substance - Amphetamine (F), Public Intoxication (m)

    Boise Police officers on patrol in a marked squad car Sunday morning, January 15th at 1:36 a.m. saw a man, later identified as VanBrocklin, running westbound in the middle of the center lane of traffic on the 800 block of W. Main Street toward a taxi. The taxi driver had to swerve to avoid hitting him. The officer's vehicle also almost struck him as he ran between the taxi and the police patrol vehicle in the road. The two officers inside the patrol car immediately got out and yelled at the man to stop several times. He continued running in the street. The officers chased him on foot west on Main Street and caught him within about a half block. The suspect smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage and told officers he'd consumed a large amount of alcohol.  Officers arrested Van Brocklin for Public Intoxication.  He was transported to the jail and during the booking search, Ada County Sheriff's Deputies located a small plastic baggy containing a white powdery substance on the suspect.  The substance in the baggie tested presumptive positive for amphetamine.

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Arrested: Benjamin J. Griffin, 19, Boise
Charged: Trafficking Marijuana (F) ISC 37-3732B

    A Boise Police officer on patrol Sunday, January 15th at 8:47 p.m. was headed inbound on I-184 at the Curtis off ramp and saw an SUV with California license plates traveling at a high rate of speed, the officer reported between 75 and 80 in a 55 mph zone. The officer stopped the vehicle at S. 11th and W. Myrtle Streets for the speed violation. During the traffic stop, officers could clearly smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the SUV. A Boise Police K9 Handler arrived and the K9 alerted to the vehicle. In a duffle bag inside the vehicle, officers found a bag containing a total package weight of 2000 grams, or approx 4.4 pounds of marijuana. The driver of the SUV, Griffin was arrested on the above charge.

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Arrested: Jerome J. Madrid, 32, transient
Charged: Burglary (F), Assault (m) ISC 18-901

    Boise Police were called to help employees of a retail store on the 8300 block of  W. Overland Rd Sunday, January 15th just before 9:00 p.m. Store employees told officers they had witnessed the suspect, Madrid, enter the store and later leave, taking 46 Blu-Ray movies, 6 DVDs and several items of women's clothing without paying for the items, which totaled more than $1,243.00. As employees tried to stop the suspect, he pushed one of the employees, then ran off. Officers quickly began to search a nearby residential neighborhood and almost immediately saw a citizen waving to get the officers attention. The citizens pointed to a nearby backyard, where officers found the suspect Madrid hiding in some bushes. The suspect was arrested on the above charges.