Man charged with DUI after wrong way turn, crash

August 19, 2013 

— A Boise man who police say sped the wrong direction on downtown streets and fled from officers was arrested early Monday morning.

An officer reported spotting Rojas Alejandro Perez, 23, stopped with his car facing the wrong way just before 3 a.m. When the officer pulled over and walked toward Perez’ car, the suspect allegedly took off, turning south onto northbound Capitol Boulevard.

The officer gave chase, turning on the patrol car’s lights and sirens. Perez turned onto Front Street, then turned in the wrong direction again onto 9th Street.

The officer estimated that Perez was driving 70 mph in a 25 mph zone at one point in the chase. Fearing for the safety of other drivers and the public, the officer deactivated his lights and sirens and instead radioed other police in the area with a description of the vehicle.

Another officer reported seeing a car matching the description turning the wrong way onto a one-way section of 8th Street. The officer said Perez, who was driving without headlights, attempted to turn left onto Bannock, but swung too wide on the turn, striking a bicycle rack, a bicycle and a parked car.

Perez’ car went into the median, where it was finally stopped. Police took the man into custody at the scene, where they said he failed a field sobriety test.

The suspect had a blood alcohol content of .157/.164 during a breath test. Perez was booked into the Ada County Jail. He is charged with a felony counts of eluding police, and misdemeanors for DUI, leaving the scene of a crash and failure to notify upon striking a fixture.

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