Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, November 25, 2013

12 DUI Arrests including a felony and leaving the scene of a crash; BPD Weekend Incident Report

Arrested: David J. Christopher, 47, Boise

Charged: DUI (F)

Boise Police were called to a disturbance involving an intoxicated man at a bar located on the 1700 block of South Broadway Avenue Sunday morning, November 24th shortly after midnight. When officers arrived, witnesses reported the suspect, Christopher had been sitting in the driver's seat of a pickup truck with the engine running but had since gotten out of the vehicle. Christopher was involved in the disturbance and during their contact with him, officers observed evidence he was intoxicated, including difficulty following simple directions, red, bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and he smelled strongly of alcoholic beverages. While speaking with Christopher, officers told him repeatedly not to get back into his truck with the engine running. Officers explained to the suspect the "actual physical control" aspect of Idaho's DUI law. 

Officers began to leave and were across the street when they saw the suspect get back into the pickup. Officers could see from the exhaust coming from the truck that the engine was on. Officers approached the truck and found the suspect, Christopher in the driver's seat with the engine running. He was arrested on DUI and booked into the Ada County Jail. A blood test was taken for evidentiary testing. 

Officers found the suspect had a prior conviction for DUI out of California and a current pending Enhanced DUI out of Idaho, making this charge a felony. 

For more on Boise Police DUI Enforcement efforts and Idaho DUI laws go to: /home/specialty-units/dui-night-step-team/

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Arrested: Rebecca J. Cooley, 33, Boise

Charged: Grand Theft (F), Use of a computer to commit theft or fraud (F)

Boise Police were notified in early August, 2013 by witnesses alleging that the suspect had found a check belonging to the victim and used the information to gain access to several hundred dollars in the victim's checking account. Reports taken by investigating officers were sent to Ada County Prosecutors for review. A warrant was issued for the suspects arrest on the above charges. She was booked into the Ada County Jail on the warrant Friday evening, November 22nd. 

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Arrested: Christine A. Crawford, 21, Garden City

Charged: Possession of a Controlled Substance - Meth (F), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m), domestic battery (m)

Arrested: Tyler C. Martinez, 21, Boise

Charged: Possession of a Controlled Substance - Meth (F), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m), domestic battery (m)

Boise Police were called to a parking lot on the 7500 block of West Fairview Avenue Friday afternoon, November 22 by witnesses reporting an argument involving a physical fight. Officers arrived and found the two suspects, including suspect Martinez who was sitting in a parked car belonging to Crawford. A Boise Police drug detection K9, named Jardo alerted to the odor of narcotics inside the vehicle. During a search, officers found evidence that both suspects were in possession of a white powdery substance that tested positive for meth, along with multiple items of drug paraphernalia. Evidence also pointed to both suspects being involved in a physical altercation with each other. Investigating officers arrested both suspects on the above charges and booked them into the Ada County Jail. 

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Arrested: Timothy P. Fissette, 56, Boise

Charged: Grand Theft by Possession (F), Fraudulent use of a financial transaction card (m)

Boise Police bike patrol officers located the suspect outside a downtown area apartment Friday morning, November 22nd. He had previously been identified as a person of interest in connection with the recent theft of cash and a debit card, including use of the debit card to withdraw cash without the owner's consent. The suspect and victim are known to each other. The suspect was taken to Boise Police administrative offices for questioning by property crimes detectives. The suspect was then arrested on the above charges and booked into the Ada County Jail. 

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Arrested: Peter T. Martinich, 27, Garden City 

Charged: Aggravated Assault (F) 

Boise Police were called shortly after 2:00 this morning to a fight with a knife at a bar located on the 5700 block of West Overland Road. Witnesses told officers two people were causing problems inside the bar and were ordered by employees to leave. Witnesses told officers one of those involved, later identified as Martinich had opened a folding knife and used it to threaten another man. The victim told officers he feared for his safety. The suspect had left the bar but witnesses were able to provide officers with a good description of the suspect's clothing. An officer on his way to the call saw a man who matched the description walking a short distance away. The suspect initially started to run from the officer but was quickly stopped. Investigating officers were able to identify the man in the parking lot as the man who had caused the problems in the bar, including the threat with the knife. Officers arrested the suspect Martinich on the above felony and booked him into the Ada County Jail. 

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Arrested: Tressa D. Padgett, 43, Boise

Charged: Grand Theft by Possession (F), Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine (F), Possession of a controlled substance - marijuana (m)

A Boise Police officer on patrol near Liberty and Russett Streets late Sunday night observed the driver of a vehicle leaving a driveway fail to stop as required by law before driving over the sidewalk and entering the roadway. The officer stopped the vehicle. A Boise Police drug detection dog, Jackson alerted to the to the odor of narcotics inside the vehicle. During a search, officers found the suspect in possession of substances that tested positive for marijuana and methamphetamine. 

Officers also found the suspect in possession of a wallet including a check book, financial transaction cards and a driver's license. Officers contacted the individual who 'se identification was inside the wallet. The person told officers the wallet had been missing and presumed stolen and wished to press charges. Officers arrested the suspect on the above charges and booked her into the Ada County Jail.

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Boise Police make 12 DUI Arrests over the weekend

Boise Police are participating in a statewide education campaign and high-visibility enforcement patrols aimed at drunk or impaired drivers Nov. 17-29. A grant through the Idaho Transportation Department's Office of Highway Safety is making highway-safety funds available to local law enforcement agencies like Boise for the additional enforcement efforts to support this important safety campaign. 

Between Friday morning and 3 a.m. Monday morning, Boise Police arrested 12 people for driving under the influence, including one felony arrest (listed above) and another involving leaving the scene of a non-injury crash Saturday night.

Last year, impaired driving contributed to 1,454 crashes on Idaho's highways and caused 73 fatalities statewide.

Boise Police and ITD offer the following advice for preventing drunk driving: 

  • If you plan on consuming alcohol, plan ahead to designate a sober driver before leaving and give that person your keys.
  • Call a taxi, sober friend or family member to get you home safely if you are impaired.
  • Promptly report drunk drivers to law enforcement.
  • Wear your seat belt while in your car or use a helmet and protective gear when on a motorcycle. These are the best defenses against an impaired driver.
  • If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take his or her keys and help make other safe travel arrangements.