Caldwell police investigating a reckless driver late Wednesday night resulted in a pursuit and a crash into a house on South Montana Street.
A 14-year-old boy, who was driving the suspect vehicle, was injured in the crash. He was taken to West Valley medical Center and later to a Boise hospital. Police say his injuries are not life-threatening; no one else was injured.
The boy faces several charges, including felony eluding, reckless driving, vehicle taken without permission, failure to purchase a driver's license and out past curfew (15 years and younger, cannot be out between 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Monday to Sunday).
Here's more details on what police say happened:
At about 11:18 p.m., officers observed a red Mazda 3 driving recklessly on Cleveland Boulevard with no headlights on.
Police say they followed the car into the Wal-Mart parking lot at 5108 East Cleveland and tried to execute a traffic stop, but the vehicle did not stop.
The car traveled west on East Ustick Road at more than 80 mph, police said. Police stopped the pursuit at Florida and Ustick "due to the reckless disregard of the driver."
The vehicle continued west on Ustick and attempted to turn onto South Montana Street. But the driver failed to negotiate the turn and crashed into a house. Nobody was in the house at the time of the crash.
Lt. Devin Riley said officers did not know an unlicensed minor was behind the wheel until they saw him after the crash. Riley said the boy took his mother's car without permission; he had been at a friend's house.
Why did he try to elude police?
"He didn't want to get in trouble," Riley said.
The crash damaged the foundation of the house, and the cost to repair it will easily run into the thousands of dollars.