Man arrested for DUI after hit-and-run crash

August 1, 2013 

— A Caldwell man is facing a felony charge after police say he crashed into another vehicle and then fled from pursuing officers Thursday morning.

Anthoney Francisco Martinez, 21, first caught the attention of a Boise police officer when he ran a red light on Front Street, narrowly missing a car, police said.

The officer followed the driver, who sped up. Moments later, Martinez struck a car at the stoplight at the Ninth Street intersection, police said. The officer activated his lights in an attempt to pull over Martinez, but the suspect kept driving, police said.

He surrendered a short distance from the wreck. An officer reported seeing a spilled bottle of beer on the car’s floor and noted that Martinez appeared “very intoxicated.”

Martinez failed two field sobriety tests and was arrested, police said. Police took a blood sample to determine his blood alcohol level, and booked him into Ada County Jail.

The driver of the vehicle that was struck was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Martinez is charged with a felony for leaving the scene of an accident that caused injury. He also is charged with misdemeanor DUI and open container violations.

Martinez is scheduled to be arraigned in court Thursday afternoon.

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