07-05-11 BPD makes DUI 21 arrests this holiday weekend.
Boise, July 5, 2011 - UPDATE: The Boise
Police Department ended the long holiday weekend with 21 DUI
arrests, including two felony DUI's.
Drunk Driving enforcement is a priority
for all Boise Police officers on patrol. This weekend's arrests
however, were aided by additional DUI patrols on the streets thanks
to a grant from the Idaho Transportation Department's Office of
Highway Safety (see news release dated June 29, 2011 at
Some DUI arrests are thanks to citizens
who see dangerous driving, suspect a drunk driver and call 911.
Boise Police want to thank citizens for the cooperation and
attention to making sure Boise streets can be as safe as possible,
over holidays weekends and every day.
The extra DUI patrols are funded by the
grant through July 11th.
Boise, July 4, 2011 - Boise Police have
extra patrols out this holiday weekend looking to keep drunk
drivers off the road (see release dated June 29, 2011 at
www.boisepolice.org). According to the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration, the July 4th holiday and the days leading up
to and following the holiday are among the deadliest of the year
for alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities. NHTSA stats from the past
25 years show that, on average, nearly half of all deadly traffic
crashes over each year's July 4th holiday involved some level of
Of the 17 DUI arrests made by Boise
Police Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 1st - 3rd, two are
felonies. Information on one of those arrests is available and
detailed below. Another involved a single vehicle officers found
parked on the railroad tracks in East Boise.
Arrested: Charles W. Connell, 34, Boise
Charge: DUI (F), Driving without privileges (m)
Boise Police were called to a fight in
progress at a convenience store on the 500 blk of S. Capitol Blvd.
Saturday, July 2nd shortly after 2:00 p.m. When officers
arrived, witnesses were able to give officers a good description of
the vehicle belonging to one of the fight suspects who had just
driven off. Officers soon found and stopped the vehicle at the
intersection of Broadway Ave and E. Myrtle Street. Officers quickly
noticed the driver, identified as Connell, smelled strongly of
alcohol. They also found evidence the suspect had recently drank
two 24 ounce bottles of a beverage containing 8.1% alcohol. The
suspect failed field sobriety tests. He was arrested and taken to
the Ada County Jail where be blew a .207/.211 BAC. Officers found
Connell had a previous criminal history involving a prior enhanced
DUI (Above 0.200) within the past five years making this arrest a
felony. In addition, Connell's driving privileges are currently
suspended following the previous DUI, adding the DWP charge.
Arrested: Johnny W. Seymore, 59, Meridian
Charge: DUI (m)
Boise Police were called to a report of
a small pick up truck parked on the railroad tracks at I-84 near E.
Gowen Rd. Sunday, July 3rd approx 7:30 p.m. When officers arrived
they found the truck had apparently left S. Eisenman Rd, driven off
of the road and up the steep embankment, stopping on the railroad
tracks. Officers identified the driver as Seymore, who was
standing in a nearby parking lot. While talking with the driver,
officers could see his eyes were glassy and bloodshot and his
speech was slurred. The driver failed field sobriety tests. He was
arrested and taken to the Ada County Jail where he blew a