Boise Police say Christopher R. Boeller tried to run over a cyclist with his car and rammed into two other vehicles a jeep and an SUV on purpose during a drug- and drink-fueled rampage that ended on Vista Avenue Thursday afternoon.
The 49-year-old Boeller is charged with on felony counts of aggravated battery, aggravated assault, eluding arrest, and possession of methamphetamine. He is also charged with misdemeanor counts of DUI, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The portion of Vista Avenue near Rose Hill Street was closed for more than 60 minutes during rush hour Thursday as police sorted out the mess. Police officials said Friday morning it was fortunate no one appears to have been badly hurt by Boeller, who remains in the hospital.
Here is what police say happened.
Police were sent to Vista Avenue near Targee Street by a 911 caller who reported a possible drunk driver around 5 p.m.
The caller told police the driver of a red Honda car was swerving all over the road and almost hitting other cars. When police arrived, they found the Honda stopped in the middle of Vista near Kootenai Street with a flat tire backing up traffic. The car then took off. Thats when a police officer pulled behind Boeller and turned on overhead lights to get him to pull over.
Police say Boeller ignored that and kept driving, swerving across Vista, before driving the Honda right at a cyclist on the road. Police say Boellers car hit a curb before it could hit the cyclist. Thats when police decided to do a PIT maneuver on Boellers car which is to ram into a car at slow speeds and disable it, as it traveled by the curve near the railroad tracks. The officer drove into Boellers car at that point but Boeller was able to keep going, driving the Honda into oncoming traffic. Police say Boeller drove into a Jeep, and then drove directly into an SUV, before the Honda was disabled.
Police then tried to get Boeller to get out of the car but he refused, according to reports. Police then opened the passenger door, unbuckled Boellers seat belt, and dragged him out of the car. Once out of the car, he continued to ignore police requests so they put him on the ground and put him in handcuffs, according to reports.
Paramedics checked out the people in the SUV and Jeep but they seemed to have avoided serious injury. Police officials say they would like to hear from the cyclist who was almost hit by Boeller
Police say Boeller appeared intoxicated, and found a pipe in the car that tested positive for methamphetamine residue. Police also found several empty 24-ounce cans of Icehouse beer in the car. Boeller was not given a breath test or asked to perform field sobriety tests because he was resisting arrest, so a blood sample was taken for later evidence testing, officials say.
Because Boeller has not yet been booked into the Ada County Jail, he wont be able to make his first court appearance until Monday afternoon.
The felony crimes of aggravated battery and aggravated assault are punishable by up to 15 and 5 years in prison.