Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, February 10, 2012

Taxi Driver cited for DUI after colliding with Garden City Patrol Car

02-10-12 Taxi Driver cited for DUI after colliding with Garden City Patrol Car

    Boise, Feb 10, 2012 - Boise Police have cited a cab driver for driving under the influence when he hit a Garden City Police patrol car at the intersection of Adams Street and Veterans Memorial Parkway this morning.

    The Garden City officer who was hit was able to call in the crash himself at 7:18 a.m.. He was treated and released for minor injuries at a Boise hospital. According to Garden City Police, the officer is resting and recovering at home this afternoon.

    What Happened:Boise Police patrol officers and crash reconstruction specialists talked to several witnesses who confirm the taxi cab driver was traveling north on VMP, ran a red light and collided with the patrol vehicle as the officer traveled with the green light westbound on Adams St.

    Cited: James Huffman, 62, Boise

    Charged: DUI (M), 2nd arrest (previous DUI arrest was in Kootenai County in Nov., 2003) 

    Boise Police are investigating the crash at the request of Garden City Police. Investigating officers have been told Huffman is not seriously injured, but is still at a Boise hospital this afternoon for observation. Officers say, although Huffman was driving the cab, he reportedly was on his way to work and did not have a fare or passenger inside the cab at the time of the crash.