Crashes and wintery road conditions have been a major public safety issue in and around Boise over the past two days.
According to Ada County Dispatchers, since this morning at 3:00 a.m., emergency responders have been called to 28 non-injury crashes, 6 injury crashes and 6 slide-offs, many due to black ice, fog and snow on local roadways. That follows 38 non-injury crashes, 17 slide-offs and 7 injury crashes Wednesday morning in the county. Currently, Idaho State Police troopers are working a multi-car crash on westbound Interstate 84 in Meridian where fog may be a factor.
For safe driving in winter road conditions, please refer to the tips posted by Boise Police at /home/news-releases/2014/01/how-to-be-safe-and-prepared-for-winter-driving!/.
For safe driving in fog:
- Drive with lights on LOW beam. High beams will reflect off the fog, creating a "white wall" effect.
- Reduce your speed - and watch your speedometer. Fog creates a visual illusion of slow motion when you may actually be speeding.
- Avoid crossing traffic lanes.
- Travel with the drivers window partially open. Listen for traffic.
- Consider postponing your trip until the fog lifts.
Arrested: Alisa N. Bradford, 19, Boise
Charged: Burglary (F)
Boise Police responded to a call from employees at a retail store on the 8300 block of West Overland Road yesterday shortly after 7:00 p.m. Employees were detaining one woman who witnesses said was seen leaving the store with merchandise she had not paid for. Investigating officers found evidence the suspect, identified as Bradford, had entered the store with two other women with the intention of stealing merchandise. The other two women were last seen running from the store. The suspect was booked into the Ada County Jail on the above felony charge. The investigation is continuing.
Arrested: Jacob L. Lybbert, 29, Boise
Charged: Burglary (F)
Boise Police were called by witnesses reporting a theft in progress from a retail store on the 8300 block of West Overland Road Tuesday, January 7 at 5:28 p.m. Witnesses reported a man and woman had left the store with clothing items they had not paid for. As one officer responded to the retail store, other officers responded to an address that returned to the suspect vehicle as described by witnesses who were able to write down the license plate. Officers found evidence the male, identified as Lybbert had entered the store with the intention of stealing the items, making the charge felony Burglary. Officers charged the female with misdemeanor petit theft due to evidence she knowingly left the store with the stolen items. The woman was cited for the misdemeanor, the male suspect was arrested and booked inot the Ada County Jail on felony burglary.