Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, July 01, 2013

Officers Search for Driver of SUV involved in Serious Hit & Run Saturday

    Boise Police are asking the public's help in identifying a vehicle and driver involved in a serious hit and run collision that took place late Saturday afternoon in Northwest Boise. Officers are asking anyone who has information to please call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

What Happened: Officers say the suspect vehicle, a dark colored SUV, was traveling westbound on State Street just east of Gary Lane at approximately 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29th when witnesses says it appeared to turn aggressively toward a small white passenger car occupied by four teens.

The SUV struck the car, pushing the smaller vehicle up onto the sidewalk where it struck a tree before rolling, striking another tree and a parked vehicle. The suspect vehicle did not stop or attempt to help the occupants of the car.   

One person inside the car had to be extricated by Boise Firefighters. Three of the four occupants were transported to a local hospital with injuries that fortunately appeared non-life threatening. 

Vehicle Seen Driving Recklessly: Several witnesses reported to investigating officers that the SUV was driving recklessly in the parking lot on the northeast corner of State Street and Gary Lane prior to the collision. Witnesses said the SUV was traveling at a high rate of speed nearly striking several parked vehicles, disregarding stop signs and screeching tires. 

Suspect Vehicle:  The vehicle is described as a dark colored SUV similar to a Chevy Blazer or Dodge Durango. The vehicle may have damage to the right rear fender. The vehicle was seen traveling northbound on Gary Lane.

Suspect Description: The driver of the SUV is described as a light skinned adult male with a goatee and a tattoo on one shoulder, wearing a tank top at the time of the crash.  

Crime Stoppers:  Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Boise Police or Boise area Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS. Callers can remain anonymous. Callers with information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000. Citizens can also go online to www.343COPS.com, follow the links and leave their tip, or text tips the word "TIP236" and type in  "CRIMES".