Derrell W. Nevil is being held in the Ada County Jail on felony counts of eluding police and aggravated assault on a peace officer after Garden City police say he tried it ram his car into an officers car during a high-speed pursuit Thursday night.
Garden City police say they first encountered the 54-year-old Nevil after an officer saw a 1999 White Saturn sedan parked next to a closed business around 10 p.m. That officer turned on the overhead lights and drove up to the car. Thats when driver, later identified as Nevil, took off into the neighborhood by Alworth Street, which runs parallel to Chinden Boulevard, southeast of the fairgrounds.
That officer decided not to pursue Nevil because he drove into a residential neighborhood, according to reports.
A different Garden City officer saw the same car going north on E. 50th Street about two minutes later and decided to try to pull the Saturn over, since E. 50th dead-ends at the Boise River. Thats when police say Nevil did a u-turn and tried to drive the Saturn into a patrol car but missed.
Police then began to chase Nevil. The pursuit went through the fairgrounds before police say Nevil pulled out on to Glenwood Street and then tried to turn down Marigold Street, where the Saturn was boxed in by Boise and Garden City officers and Nevil had to stop.
Police took Nevil to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center for treatment of an undisclosed medical condition before booking him into the jail just after 2 a.m. Police say there is evidence Nevil was intoxicated and officers are trying to determine if drug-related DUI charges will be filed.
Nevil will make his initial court appearance Friday afternoon.
The crime of aggravated assault on a police officer is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.