Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police


Contact: BPD Media Relations Office
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Caldwell man arrested after almost striking patrol car, fleeing from officers

Arrested:  Jonathon D. Rojas, 32, Caldwell

Charged:  Aggravated Assault (F), Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer (F), Resisting or Obstructing Officers (m), Probation Violation (m)

Boise Police Officers were made aware of a vehicle failing to yield to a traffic stop by Garden City Police Officers near the intersection of 23rd Street and Main Street at 11:53 p.m. on Monday night.  The vehicle continued west onto State Street and drove straight at a marked Boise Police patrol car that was in the center turn lane.  The driver of the fleeing vehicle narrowly avoided striking the patrol car before continuing west on State Street, at one point driving against oncoming traffic in the wrong lane.  Because the truck had almost struck a marked patrol car and was driving dangerously into oncoming traffic, the BPD officer attempted to catch up to the truck and stop it.  As officers were following the suspect truck, it crashed through a chain link fence at the end of Riviera Drive and continued driving through a large field.  It continued north through the field and drove through another gate before continuing to flee from officers southbound on Whitewater Park Boulevard.  Due to public safety concerns, officers used a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver to stop the truck near the intersection of Whitewater Park Boulevard and Hester Street.  When the truck came to a stop, the driver, later identified as Rojas, exited the vehicle and ran from officers on foot.  Officers were able to locate Rojas in the backyard of a home near the intersection of 30th Street and Moore Street.  Reports indicate he was attempting to enter the home prior to being taken into custody. 

The suspect was evaluated and cleared by medics on scene before being transported to the Ada County Jail where he was booked under the above charges.