Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Monday, December 02, 2013

Officers arrest 18 for DUI over holiday weekend; Identity Theft arrest; traffic stop leads to marijuana trafficking bust; BPD Weekend Incident Report

Arrested: Misty M. Doig, 32, Boise

Charged: Trafficking Marijuana (F), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m)

Arrested: Michael P. O'Brien, 36, Boise 

Charged: Trafficking Marijuana (F), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m), False Personation (m), Probation Violation/Failure to Appear - Payette County (m)

A Boise Police officer on patrol on Fairview Avenue shortly after midnight this morning saw a vehicle traveling without a headlight. The officer stopped the vehicle on Fairview near North Liberty Street. The driver, Doig, provided identification but was unable to provide proof of insurance. As the officer was writing a citation for the traffic violations, a Boise Police drug detection team was called to assist with the stop. The dog, Jackson, alerted to the odor of drugs in the vehicle. Officers searched the car and found two large clear bags that contained a substance that field tested positive for marijuana weighing 17.10oz, or 1.068 pounds. In addition, both the driver, Doig and the passenger in the car, O'Brien were found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. The passenger, O'Brien initially identified himself to officers using a name found to be false. Officers arrested both on the above charges and booked them into the Ada County Jail.

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Arrested: David J. Gehrls, 37, Boise

Charged: Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver - Meth (F), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m), Driving with a suspended license (m) 

A Boise Police officer on patrol Saturday, November 30th at 12:23 a.m. observed the driver of a car traveling at a high rate of speed through a gas station parking lot, fail to stop prior to leaving the lot and entering the roadway and fail to use a turn signal. The officer made a traffic stop on the vehicle on the 6300 block of West Fairview Avenue. 

The officer found the driver, identified as Gehrls had a suspended drivers license due, in part to previous traffic violations. As the officer was arresting the driver for the offense, a Boise Police drug detection K9 alerted to the odor of narcotics in the vehicle. A search found the suspect to be in possession of a glass pipe and three baggies containing a substance that field tested positive for four grams total package weight of methamphetamine. Officers also found evidence indicating the suspect intended to sell the meth leading to the Intent charge. The suspect was booked into the Ada County Jail.

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Arrested: Teresa A Hyde, 58, Boise

Charged: Forgery (F), Misappropriation of Personal Identifying Information ISC 18- 3126(F)

Boise Police were notified by the victim in late April, 2013 that her identity had been stolen and used to open up a utility account in her name. The victim discovered the crime when she was contacted by the utility company about an overdue bill. After an initial investigation by patrol officers, the case was transferred to Boise Police financial crimes detectives. Detectives found evidence the suspect had used the victim's social security number and other information without the victim's knowledge to open the utility account. In addition, detectives discovered the suspect had forged a doctor's signature in an attempt to get an extension on paying the utility bill. Reports from the officers were sent to the Ada County Prosecutor for review. A warrant was issued for the suspect's arrest on the above charges. Boise Police arrested the suspect at her home the morning of November 30th. 

CHAPTER 31
FALSE PRETENSES, CHEATS AND MISREPRESENTATIONS
18-3126. Misappropriation of personal identifying information. It is unlawful for any person to obtain or record personal identifying information of another person without the authorization of that person, with the intent that the information be used to obtain, or attempt to obtain, credit, money, goods or services without the consent of that person.
About Identity Theft:

Identity theft is one of the most devastating scams a consumer can fall victim to. Because of the nature of the crime victims do not realize their identity has been stolen until they are denied credit, turned down for a job or sent a bill for purchases they did not make. By that time the consumers good name and credit history may be ruined. Rebuilding good credit in the aftermath of identity theft can take months or even years.

Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personal identifying information - like your name, Social Security number or credit card number - without your permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.

For tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft, log onto the Boise Police Crime Prevention site. at /crime-prevention/identity-theft-prevention/

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Arrested: Robert A. Killian, 37, Boise

Charged: Aggravated Battery (F), Disturbing the peace (m)

Boise Police were called to a motel on the 1600 block of West Main Street late Saturday night, November 30th for a fight in progress. When the first officer arrived, several people directed him to where the fight was occurring. The officer observed a male standing over the top of another male who was sitting on the ground. The male that was sitting on the ground was bleeding severely from his face. Investigating officers found evidence the suspect and victim, who are known to each other, were involved in an argument that turned violent when the suspect head butted the victim in the face and punched the victim several times, causing the victim to be transported to the hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Officers have evidence alcohol was involved. The suspect was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.

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Arrested: Shelly L. Kraus, 47, Boise

Charged: Possession of a Controlled Substance - Meth (F), Possession of a controlled substance - marijuana (m), Possession of drug paraphernalia (m)

Boise Police received a citizen tip about drug use at a home on the 800 block of West Belmont Street on October 8, 2013. Patrol officers went to the residence and found the suspect at home. The suspect was very cooperative with officers and allowed them inside. The suspect gave consent for the officers to search the home, where they found her in possession of multiple pipes commonly used to smoke drugs, as well as small amounts of meth and marijuana. Officers sent their report to prosecutors for review. A warrant was issued for the suspect on the above charges. Boise Police located the suspect at her home and arrested her on the warrant late Friday, November 29th. 

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Arrested: Richard C. Torrez, 26, Boise

Charged: Burglary (F), Resisting and obstructing officers (m), Probation Violation Warrants (F)

Boise Police were called to a small retail store on the 1400 block of North Milwaukee Street Saturday afternoon, November 30th, where employees reported a man had come into the store and asked to look at a phone . Witnesses say the man took the phone and ran out of the store. One witness was able to follow the suspect a short distance and provided officers with a description of the vehicle the suspect was in. Officers were soon able to identify the suspect. Officers went to the suspect's residence and saw him outside. When the suspect saw the uniformed officers, he ran but was quickly taken into custody. Checking records, officers found the suspect also had two outstanding no bond felony Probation Violation Warrants. Officers arrested the suspect on the above charges and booked him into the Ada County Jail.

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Arrested: Donald D. White, 22, Boise

Charged: Grand Theft (F)

A Boise Police officer parked on North 6th Street between West Main and West Idaho Streets about 2:15 Saturday morning, November 30th, saw a car approaching on southbound 6th Street. The officer watched as a woman's purse come flying out of the car window landing on the street just behind him. The officer thought the car might stop so someone could pick up the purse but the car continued southbound. The officer then picked up the purse, followed the car and stopped the vehicle a short distance away. Two men were inside the car including the suspect who was found to be driving on a suspended license due to a prior DUI conviction. Officers found identification inside the purse and were able to contact the owner who reported the purse had just been stolen from a nearby bar. After finding the suspect in possession of items that the victim reported were inside the purse, the suspect was arrested on the above charge and booked into the Ada County Jail.

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Boise Police arrested 18 people over the holiday weekend for driving under the influence between Thursday, November 28th and Sunday, December 2nd. Boise Police were participating in a statewide campaign that includes high-visibility enforcement patrols and education messages aimed at drunk or impaired drivers. A grant through the Idaho Transportation Department's Office of Highway Safety made highway-safety funds available to local law enforcement agencies like Boise for the additional enforcement efforts to support this important safety campaign.

Weekend DUI arrests include:

Arrested: Michael A. Middlebrook, 46, Boise

Charged: DUI (F)

A Boise Police officer on patrol observed a vehicle traveling without headlights westbound in Eisenman Road just before the I-84 on ramp early Saturday morning, November 30th. The officer stopped the vehicle and smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage as he spoke with the driver. The driver, identified as Middlebrook, failed field sobriety tests and blew a BrAC of 016/.014. Officers found the suspect has two prior DUI convictions from January, 2005 and April, 2006, making this arrest a felony. Officers booked the suspect into the Ada County Jail on the above felony charge. 

Arrested: Jarrod A. Beasley, 27, Boise

Charged: DUI - Excessive (m), Failure to notify upon striking a fixed object (m), Failure to notify upon striking an unattended vehicle (m)

Boise Police were called by witnesses to a crash that had just occurred in the neighborhood of South Manitou Avenue and Warren Street Friday evening, November 29th. Witnesses reported the driver of a Chevy Blazer had hit a van parked on the street. One witness told officers he heard the crash and as he was walking over to the vehicle to see if the driver was okay, he drove off. A Boise Police patrol officer was in the area and arrived on scene to see a trail of fluid left by the suspect vehicle. The officer followed the fluid trail and found the Blazer two blocks away where it had just crashed again into some bushes in the front yard of a home at Michigan Avenue and Warren Street. As the officer arrived, the driver was just getting out of the vehicle. Further investigation found the driver, identified as Beasley, had not only hit the parked car previous to being stopped, but had also run over a stop sign and a concrete irrigation box causing damage at West Boise and South Manitou Avenues. 

Officers immediately noticed the driver smelled of an alcoholic beverage, had slurred speech and glassy, bloodshot. The driver failed several field sobriety tests and was arrested on DUI. He blew a BrAC of .277/.277, making the DUI Excessive. Officers booked the driver into the Ada County Jail on the above charges.   

49-1303. Duty upon striking unattended vehicle. The driver of any vehicle which collides with any unattended vehicle shall immediately stop, and then and there either locate and notify the operator or owner of the vehicle of the name and address of the driver and owner of the vehicle striking the unattended vehicle, or shall leave in a conspicuous place in or on the vehicle struck a written notice giving the name and address of the driver and of the owner of the vehicle doing the striking, along with a statement of the circumstances.

 49-1304. Duty upon striking fixtures upon or adjacent to a highway. The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in damage to fixtures or other property legally upon or adjacent to a highway shall take reasonable steps to locate and notify the owner or person in charge of the property of the fact, of his name and address, the name of his insurance agent or company if he has automobile liability insurance, the motor vehicle registration number of the vehicle he is driving, and upon request and if available exhibit his driver's license.

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

Boise Police and ITD urge Idahoans to take the following steps to prevent drunk driving:

  • Plan ahead to designate a sober driver before leaving and give that person your keys if you plan on consuming alcohol.
  • 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.
  • Take the keys of someone who is about to drive while impaired and make other safe travel arrangements.