Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Felony DUI hit & run, man with a knife & meth near a school; overnite felony arrests

03-16-10 Felony DUI hit & run, man with a knife & meth near a school; overnite felony arrests

Arrested: Robert D. Christensen, 29, Boise

Charges: DUI (F), Hit and Run (M), Driving without privileges (m)

Boise Police were called by witnesses who saw the driver of a Dodge pick up hit a Ford Bronco in a parking lot near State and Collister at approx 5:38 p.m. Sunday, March 14th. Witnesses told officers both cars were damaged in the collision, and the driver of the pick up then took off. Witnesses told police dispatch the suspect vehicle, the white Dodge pick up with a camper shell also had no license plates. A Boise Police officer on the way to the call spotted the suspect vehicle stopped on Lander Street. A citizen flagged the officer down and said the driver of the pick up had just struck a power pole. The citizen also told the officer the driver of the pick up had gone into a nearby home on the 4000 blk. Of W. Plum. The suspect failed several field sobriety tests. Officers called paramedics due to apparent injuries the suspect sustained in the previous collisions. The suspect was then taken to a nearby hospital where he was kept overnight for observation. Blood was also drawn for evidence testing. The suspect, Christensen was released from the hospital Monday and booked into the Ada County jail on the above charges. Christensen has two previous DUI's, from march 2008 and August 2002, making this his third and a felony DUI. He was also found to have a suspended drivers license.

Arrested: Troy Edwin Liechty, 46, Emmett

Charges: Possession of a Controlled Substance (meth) (F), Carrying a Concealed Weapon (m).

A Boise Police officer on patrol at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning near Goddard and Milwaukee spotted a man sitting in a car not far from a nearby school and the backyard of several homes. The officer stopped to speak with the man. The man told the officer he had a large kitchen knife concealed in the back of his car. The man was also found to have binoculars and a jar of petroleum jelly. The officer arrested the suspect, Liechty for carrying a concealed weapon. While searching the suspects car following his arrest, a baggie with a small amount of what appeared to be meth on the floor of the drivers side of the car. The substance tested positive for meth. The suspect was taken to the Ada County jail and booked on the above charges.

Arrested: Michael J. Ryel, 41, Boise

Charges: Injury to a Child (F), Protection Order Violation (m)

A Boise Police School Resource Officer learned of a child, age 10, who had a reported ear injury. After investigating, the School Resource Officer found the injuries were apparently the result of being hit in the head, allegedly by the suspect. The suspect was also found to have a valid protection order involving the child's family. The suspect was arrested at his home and booked into the Ada County jail on the above charges.

Arrested: Jason A. Robinson, 21, Boise

Charge: Aggravated battery (F)

Boise Police were called Saturday evening approx 7:48 p.m., Feb. 13th, 2010 about a battery that had occurred approx. 12:30 a.m. that morning at a bar on the 500 blk of W. Main in downtown Boise. During the investigation, officers learned the suspect Robinson, a female, and another male were talking when the victim, an Eagle man in his mid-20's and unknown to the suspect, approached the suspect. According to statements, more words were exchanged and the suspect threw a punch hitting the victim in the jaw. The suspect then left the bar. Later that day, the victim was taken to a nearby hospital where he was found to have a broken jaw and called police. The Boise Police investigation was forwarded to the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and resulted in a felony warrant issued Monday, March 15th. The suspect, Robinson, who officers say had cooperated with the investigation, turned himself into police Monday afternoon upon learning the warrant had been issued.