Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police


Contact: BPD Media Relations Office
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, July 28, 2017

Neighbors help detain driver fleeing on foot after series of hit and run crashes

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Arrested:  Nicholas D. Williams, 39, Boise

Charged:  Driving Under the Influence (m), Leaving the Scene of an Accident- Four Counts (m)

Around 11:15 a.m. Boise Police were notified about a car crash on the eastbound I-84 and Eagle Road off ramp.  A maroon Jeep Grand Cherokee left the scene of the crash, and witnesses say it continued to drive erratically, crashing into an unknown vehicle on the Eagle Road Overpass.  2Witnesses continued to follow the suspect vehicle and reported to dispatch that the male driver rear-ended a vehicle at Franklin Road and Touchmark Way, and later another vehicle on West Camas Street.  Most of the crashes were at low speeds.   Officers responded to the 1200 block of Lizaso Avenue where the man had crashed his Jeep through the side yard fence of a residence, traveled through part of the backyard and came to a stop after crashing through the home’s back fence.  Several neighbors heard the crashes and went to the vehicle as the driver reportedly attempted to flee. They were able to detain the driver for a short time until officers arrived on scene. 

“That’s part of what makes Boise so great.  When people need help, neighbors respond, and they do it in numbers,” Boise Police Lt. Stan Niccolls said.  “It wasn’t just the neighbors who made sure this guy didn’t get away, either.  Those drivers who followed him from a safe distance from the first few crashes, they were the ones that guided our officers in the first place.” 

The driver of the Jeep, identified as Williams, was taken to an area hospital and treated before being released to police custody.  He was transported to the Ada County Jail where he was booked under the above charges.   

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