Zachary E. Jones is being held in the Ada County Jail on a felony charge of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor DUI after Boise police say he drove his SUV in front of a cyclist on Orchard Street and hit his brakes several times Sunday evening.
Police began their investigation after getting a 911 call around 7 p.m. Sunday. A witness said they saw an SUV trying to cut off a cyclist near the Orchard Street/Overland Road intersection. Police arrived moments later and found the cyclist, who told officers the incident began after he and the driver, later identified as Jones, exchanged words and hand gestures on the road.
It was after that the cyclist said Jones drove his SUV in front of him several times as he went east on Orchard Street and then slammed on the brakes. The cyclist was able to avoid hitting the SUV and was not injured, according to reports.
Both the witness and cyclist were able to give police a good description of the white SUV, along with a license plate number. Police found the SUV and pulled Jones over near the Overland Road/Vista Avenue intersection.
Police say they detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from Jones, who failed field sobriety tests before police took him to jail, where a blood sample was taken for later evidence testing.
Idaho Court records show Jones pleaded guilty to a DUI change in Bingham County in 2008.
Police charged Jones with a felony aggravated assault because they say his actions could have produced great bodily harm, according to Idaho code.
The crime of aggravated assault is punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
Jones was set to make his first court appearance Monday afternoon. A preliminary hearing will be set for Jones for later this month.