Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, September 02, 2013

2 DUI Crashes, one near miss; 2 officers battered by suspects; BPD Weekend Incident Report

Arrested: Joshua P. Hooker, 22, Boise

Charged: Aggravated DUI (F), Leaving the Scene of an Injury Crash (F). Issued citations for Invalid driver's license (m), Possession of marijuana (m)

Boise Police were called to an injury crash at 11:38 p.m. Friday, August 30th at the intersection of W. Main Street and S. Capitol Blvd. The crash involved a yellow Ford Mustang that had reportedly struck two pedestrians. The driver of the Mustang drove away from the scene. One of the pedestrians hit was transported to the hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. A short time later a few blocks away, officers on foot located a man who was identified to be the driver of the vehicle. While speaking with the man, officers noticed his eyes were bloodshot and glassy and they could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage. The man, identified as Hooker, failed field sobriety tests. Officers found the man had no valid driver's license. Following his arrest, he was also found to be in possession of a baggie containing marijuana. The suspect was arrested on the above charges and booked into the Ada County Jail where a blood draw was taken for further evidence testing.

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Arrested: Siale I. Vailea, 22, Boise

Charged: Battery of an officer (F), Malicious Injury to Property (F), DUI (m), Driving without privileges (m), Resisting and obstructing officers (m), No proof of vehicle insurance (m)

A Boise Police officer on patrol on W. Highland Street early Saturday morning, August 31st was nearly hit by another vehicle as it pulled out from a stop sign on northbound Leadville Street. The officer stopped the vehicle and as he spoke with the driver, could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage and noticed his speech was slurred. The driver was identified as Vailea. During a check on the driver's record, the officer found he was driving with a suspended license and had no insurance on the vehicle. As the officer conducted field sobriety tests, two individuals not related to the stop, walked up to the officer and suspect, began talking to the suspect and attempting to interfere with the ongoing investigation. For the safety of everyone involved, the officer placed the suspect into the back of his patrol car so he could speak with those attempting to interfere. When the officer returned to the suspect, the suspect had apparently done significant damage to the patrol vehicle's rear antenna. The suspect was placed under arrest for DUI. While being placed under arrest, the suspect spit in the officer's face while yelling racial slurs at the officers. A blood test was taken at the jail for further evidence testing. The suspect was booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges. 

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Arrested: Nigeen M. Van Vliet, 31, Boise

Charged: Aggravated DUI (F), citation for Failure to purchase a driver's license (m)

Boise Police were dispatched to a crash where two vehicles had collided on S. Orchard and W. Wright Streets Saturday evening, August 31st.  Both the driver and passenger in one vehicle were transported to the hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the second vehicle was identified as Van Vliet. In speaking with her, officers could immediately smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage, her eyes were glassy and bloodshot and her speech was slurred. Officers were able to gather other information that indicated the driver had been drinking alcohol prior to the crash. The driver, Van Vliet, was transported by Ada County EMS to the hospital where she was treated and released. A blood draw was performed for evidence testing. Following medical attention and upon being released from the hospital, officers arrested Van Vliet on two counts of aggravated DUI. She was also issued a citation for failing to purchase a drivers license. She was booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charge.

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Arrested: Mark A. Grim, 32, Meridian

 Charges: Possession of a Controlled Substance (F), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m), Providing false information to officers (m)  

Arrested: Orrin M. Lee, 33,of  Caldwell 

Charged: Possession of a controlled substance (m)

Boise Police officers on patrol Saturday, August 31st at 7:44 p.m. near the intersection of N. Milwaukee Street and W. Franklin Road witnessed the driver of a vehicle fail to signal for a lane change then fail to maintain it's lane of travel. Officers stopped the vehicle. Based on information gathered during the stop, officers requested the assistance of a Boise Police K9, a certified drug detection dog trained and certified to sniff for and alert to several types of illegal drugs. The dog alerted to the vehicle. A search by officers found the driver, Lee in possession of suspected Oxycodone. The passenger, who initially gave officers a false name but was later identified as be Grim, was found to be in possession of suspected meth, approximately .3 grams and a syringe. The suspects were booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges. 

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Arrested: Derogy Mbaa Ndewa, 33, Boise

Charged: Aggravated Battery (F), Providing false information to an officer (m)

Boise Police were called to a a nightclub on the 10200 block of W. Fairview Avenue early this morning for a battery that had just occurred. When officers arrived, they found witnesses who pointed out the suspect as having been involved in a fight. Officers investigated and found the suspect, Derogy Mbaa Ndewa had been involved in the fight and had apparently used steel nail pullers to hit another man in the head. Steel pullers are approximately 12 inches in length, made from solid steel, and capable of causing great bodily harm. Officers soon learned the victim had been taken to a hospital and was being treated for non-life threatening head injuries. The suspect had originally given officers a false name, but was soon identified as Ndewa. He was arrested on the above charges and booked into the Ada County Jail. 

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Arrested: Christine Van Vlack, 25, Boise

Charged: Battery on am officer (F), Disturbing the peace (m)

Boise Police were called to a disturbance after a citizen had alerted an officer patrolling the neighborhood southwest of Kootenai and S. Roosevelt Streets Saturday afternoon, August 31st. When officers arrived, they found the suspect in an ongoing argument with another male resident. Officers were able to calm the situation and left. Shortly after, they were called again as the conflict involving the suspect had continued and was escalating. The victim told officers they would sign a complaint for disturbing the peace. As officers were arresting the suspect for the charge, she kicked at an officer, hitting the officer on her leg. The suspect was arrested on the above charges and booked into the Ada County Jail.