Boise police charged Julio Hurtado with a felony count of eluding officers and misdemeanor DUI after officers say he was drunk when he drove his car into a fence of a North End home and then tried to run away early Thursday.
A police officer had to use a Taser to arrest the 30-year-old Hurtado, who is also charged with misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest and being involved in a hit and run accident, according to reports.
The incident began around 1:20 a.m. Thursday when a Boise police officer clocked an SUV going about 50 mph in a 30 zone on Main Street, near the 5th Street intersection Downtown. Police say Hurtado, who was driving the SUV, sped away when the officer tried to pull his SUV over near the Broadway/Warm Springs avenues intersection.
Police say Hurtado ran several stop signs before crashing the SUV into a fence at a home in the 500 block of Logan Street, which is across the street from the Fort Boise softball fields. Police say the SUV took out about 25 feet of fence and damaged a tree. Thats when police say Hurtado got out of the SUV and ran away. Officers caught up to Hurtado in a nearby backyard, where police say he refused to surrender and got into a brief physical struggle with officers. Thats when police used the Taser, according to reports.
Hurtado was then arrested and taken to the Ada County Jail, where officials took a blood sample for later evidence testing. Hurtado did not take a breath test, so a suspected blood alcohol content percentage level was not available Thursday. Police did say Hurtado appeared intoxicated and smelled of alcohol.
A preliminary hearing for Hurtado on the charges will be set for later this month.