Meridian police: Man crashed car in front of school, fled to nearby house

August 11, 2013 

This story has a correction; the car did not crash into River Valley Elementary.

A 30-year-old Boise man has been arrested on suspicion of crashing his car in front of a Meridian school, then trying to breaking into a house, according to Meridian officials.

Firefighters were dispatched to a report of alarms at River Valley Elementary School at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. When they arrived at the scene, they found a car had crashed in front of the school. Several windows at the school were broken, according to Meridian spokeswoman Natalie Podgorski.

Police surrounded the building and began searching it. At about noon, a resident near Ustick and Eagle roads reported that a man had tried to get into his home. Responding officers took Ivan Andreason into custody.

Investigators believe that Andreason was at the school, but left before police arrived. He appeared to under the influence of an unknown substance, so he was transported to a hospital for evaluation.

Andreason faces numerous charges, including leaving the scene of a crash, unlawful entry and malicious injury to property.

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