Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, December 30, 2013

2 Burglars caught in the act thanks to neighbor; Chase ends in arrest of drug suspect; 15 DUI arrests; BPD Weekend Incident Report

Arrested: Elton R. Denny, 18, Boise

Arrested: Joseph A. Smiley, 20, Boise

Both Charged: Burglary 2 counts (F), Grand Theft (F)

Boise Police were called by a neighbor to a residence in the Hulls Gulch neighborhood up North 8th Street last night at 8:44 p.m. The caller told police dispatchers he knew his neighbors were out of town and saw an unfamiliar car parked near their home. The caller said he also heard sounds coming from the house and had called the homeowner to confirm no one was supposed to be in the home. He then called 911.

When officers arrived, they too could hear noises coming from inside the home. As the first officers arrived, one man was seen running from the back door of the home. Officers could tell others were still inside. After a short time, two suspects, identified as Denny and Smiley surrendered to police. Officers were unable to locate the third suspect. It appears the suspects broke a window to force entry into the house.

Inside the suspect's vehicle, officers found a Playstation 3 that had just been reported stolen in a home burglary off North 27th and West State Streets. Officers arrested both suspects on the above charges and booked them into the Ada County Jail.

Crime Prevention Tip: Boise Police crime prevention experts say the homeowner in this case did the right thing by having a trusted neighbor watch their home while they were away, as well as provide that neighbor with a contact number in case of an emergency. The neighbor also acted quickly by calling police as soon as he noticed a suspicious car near a home he knew was unoccupied. Click here for advice on keeping your home safe while you're away! 

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Arrested: Gary D. Weeks, 45, Boise

Charged: Eluding a Police Officer (F), Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana (F), Driving without privileges (m), Leaving the scene of a property damage crash (m), Resisting and Obstructing an Officer (m), Unlawful Entry (m)

Last night at 7:31 p.m. a Boise Police officer on patrol was traveling eastbound on Fairview Avenue when he witnessed a driver make a wide turn onto Fairview then accelerate to approximately 55 mph in a posted 35 mph zone. The officer turned on his overhead lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle near Fairview and North Liberty Street. Instead, the driver veered left, almost hitting another vehicle then accelerated and turned into a residential area.  

Fearing the driver was going to hurt someone due to his driving pattern, the officer followed the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle went just two blocks, turning east onto Everett Street. At the intersection of Everett and Hartman the driver hit the brakes and skidded through the intersection. He turned north on Hartman, hit a curb and went onto the sidewalk. As the vehicle came back onto the roadway, it turned left into an alley headed westbound. The vehicle almost immediately crashed into a wooden fence, a truck and a camper trailer. The vehicle was still moving as the driver jumped out and ran down the alley. The officer began chasing the suspect on foot and saw him run north on Hartman Street.

Two witnesses who saw the chase yelled out to the officer that the suspect had run into a residence on the Hartman. As the officer waited for back up to arrive, the home owner arrived on scene and told officers no one had permission to be inside his home and he wished to press charges for unlawful entry. He also gave officers permission to enter his home to apprehend the suspect. Officers used a patrol car's loud speaker to call to the suspect who soon walked out of the home and surrendered to officers. 

In a search of the suspect's vehicle, officers found a bag containing individually packaged marijuana and a digital scale. Officers also found the suspect, identified as Weeks to be driving on a suspended license. Officers arrested the suspect on the above charges and booked him into the Ada County Jail.

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Driving Under the Influence:

Boise Police made 15 DUI arrests between Friday, December 27 and Sunday, December 29.  In a "typical" weekend, Boise Police make approximately ten DUI arrests. This weekend, Ada County, Meridian, Garden City and Idaho State Police made an additional 11 DUI arrests, meaning 26 people were arrested for DUI in Ada County this weekend.

Boise Police are taking part in a statewide effort to increase DUI patrols through January 3, 2014. BPD is joining agencies throughout Idaho in working to keep the roads safer for holiday travelers by  For more on the current DUI enforcement effort, click here. 

Arrested: Lindsay E. Cuen, 24, Boise

Charged: DUI (F), Driving without privileges (m), Contempt (m)

A Boise Police officer on patrol Saturday, December 28th at 11:24 p.m. near South Vista Avenue and Elder Street observed a vehicle speeding. As the officer caught up to the car, he noticed the driver was unable to stay in her lane. The officer stopped the car and when making contact with the driver, could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage and noticed that her eyes were bloodshot and glassy and her speech slurred. She was arrested for DUI and a blood draw was taken for evidence testing. Officers found the driver, Cuen, was driving with a license suspended for no proof of insurance and that Cuen has two prior DUI convictions on May, 2010 and October, 2011 making this DUI a felony. 

Arrested: Abdul S. Qasimi, 26, Boise

Charged: DUI (F), Driving without privileges (m)

A BPD officer on patrol Sunday afternoon saw a driver make a wide turn from Overland Road onto South Vista Avenue then weave between lanes of traffic. The officer stopped the vehicle and when speaking with the driver, identified as Qasimi, smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage. The officer found the driver's license was suspended from a previous DUI arrest. The suspect failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. A blood draw was done for further evidence testing. The suspect has two previous DUI convictions in the past ten years making this arrest a felony. 

Click here for more on Boise Police DUI prevention and enforcement.

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Arrested: Melody Faye Ann Burch, 34, Boise 

Charged: Controlled Substance Violation - Heroin (F), Controlled Substance Violation - Meth (F), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m)  

Arrested: Tracey L. Werner, 47, Boise 

Charged: Warrant - Controlled Substance Violation - Meth (F), Warrant - Contempt (m) 

Boise Police officers on patrol Friday afternoon, December 27th on the 5500 block of West Cassia Street observed a vehicle fail to make a complete stop at a stop sign. Officers made a traffic stop on the vehicle. A passenger in the car was identified as Werner and found to have an outstanding warrant for her arrest for contempt and possession of methamphetamine. Officers received consent to search the vehicle and found Burch to be in possession of a plastic baggie containing approximately one gram of meth and another baggie containing approximately one gram of heroin. She was also found in possession of a small glass pipe with burnt residue. Officers arrested both suspects and booked them into the Ada County Jail on the above charges. 

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 Arrested: Colton M. Jamison, 18, Boise

 Charged: Burglary (F)

Boise Police were called by witnesses who saw the suspect place alcohol and food items into a cart and leave a retail store without paying. Officers found evidence the suspect entered the store on the 8300 block of West Overland Road to commit the theft. He was booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.