Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, November 29, 2013

Suspected DUI Driver Causes Power Outage in Sunrise Rim Neighborhood

Boise, Nov. 29, 2013 - Boise Police spent several hours overnight working with Idaho Power crews to safely lift power lines off a vehicle and away from the front yard of a residence on the Bench. Officers believe the crash is the result of a drunk driver. Their report is being routed to Ada County Prosecutors for review and possible charges.

What Happened: Officers were called to the 1900 block of Sunrise Rim Road shortly before midnight last night. They found a man standing outside an SUV. The SUV had hit a power pole and stopped in the front yard of the residence. Officers found an open container of an alcoholic beverage inside the vehicle. Officers smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage on the man found standing next to the car. The man was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Based on evidence found at the scene, officers suspect the man found near the vehicle was the driver A blood draw on the man was taken for evidentiary testing. 

Because Idaho law states a person must be driving or in physical control of a vehicle to be guilty of DUI, the SUV was seized by officers as evidence. Officers will obtain a search warrant for the vehicle. Results of that search will be included in the officers investigative reports and routed to Ada County Prosecutors for review of DUI  charges against the 22 year old man from Meridian.

Power Outage: When the vehicle struck the power pole, it caused the lines to go down, prompting a power outage in the area. Media reports say nearly 300 homes were without power overnight. Officers were on scene until approximately 7:15 this morning managing traffic safely around the downed lines and waiting for Idaho Power crews to safely remove the lines before the vehicle could be towed off site to a police impound facility.