Busy weekend for Boise police

newsroom@idahostatesman.comSeptember 2, 2013 

While the vast majority of citizens were enjoying the long holiday weekend without breaking the law, here's a recap of what kept Boise police busy:

Boise police were called to an injury crash at 11:38 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Main Street and Capitol Boulevard in Downtown Boise. According to police, the driver of a yellow Ford Mustang struck two pedestrians and then drove away from the scene. One of the pedestrians hit was transported to the hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. A short time later a few blocks away, officers on foot located the driver of the vehicle, Joshua P. Hooker, 22, from Boise. While speaking with Hooker, officers noticed his eyes were bloodshot and glassy and they could smell alcohol. Hooker failed field sobriety tests and he did not have a valid driver's license. Following his arrest, officers also found a bag containing marijuana. Police arrested Hooker and charged him with two felonies, aggravated DUI and leaving the scene of an injury crash, and two misdemeanors, invalid driver's license and marijuana possession.

A Boise police officer on patrol on W. Highland Street in Southeast Boise early Saturday morning was nearly hit by another vehicle as it pulled out from a stop sign on northbound Leadville Street. The officer stopped the vehicle and while speaking with the driver, Siale I. Vailea, 22, from Boise, the officer could smell alcohol and noticed Vailea's speech was slurred. As the officer conducted field sobriety tests, two individuals not related to the stop, walked up to the officer and suspect, began talking to the suspect and attempting to interfere with the ongoing investigation. For the safety of everyone involved, the officer placed Vailea into the back of his patrol car so he could speak with those attempting to interfere. When the officer returned to the suspect, the suspect had damaged the patrol vehicle's rear antenna. While being placed under arrest for DUI, the suspect spit in the officer's face while yelling racial slurs at the officers. Police booked Vailea into the Ada County Jail on two felony charges, battery of an officer and malicious injury to property, and four misdemeanor charges, DUI, driving without privileges, resisting and obstructing officers and no proof of car insurance.

Boise police on Saturday afternoon were called to a disturbance near Kootenai and Roosevelt streets. When officers arrived, they found the suspect, Christine Van Vlack 25, from Boise, in an ongoing argument with a male resident. Officers were able to calm the situation and left. Shortly after leaving, police were called back to the scene because the conflict had resumed and was escalating. As officers were arresting Van Vlack for disturbing the peace, she kicked at an officer, hitting the officer on her leg, which got Van Vlack a felony battery on an officer charge and a booking into the Ada County Jail.

On Saturday evening, Boise police were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash on S. Orchard and W. Wright streets Both the driver and passenger in one vehicle were transported to the hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. While officers were speaking with the driver of the second vehicle, Nigeen M. Van Vliet, 31, from Boise, officers could smell alcohol and noticed her eyes were glassy and bloodshot and her speech was slurred. Paramedics transported Van Vliet to the hospital where she was treated and released. Upon being released from the hospital, officers arrested Van Vliet and booked her into the Ada County Jail on two felony counts of aggravated DUI. She was also issued a citation for failing to get a drivers license.

Also on Saturday evening, Boise police on patrol near the intersection of N. Milwaukee Street and W. Franklin Road witnessed the driver of a vehicle fail to signal for a lane change then fail to stay in the lane. During the traffic stop, A search by officers, assisted by a drug-detecting police dog, found the driver, Orrin M. Lee, 33, from Caldwell, in possession of Oxycodone. He was charged misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. The passenger, who initially gave officers a false name but was later identified as Mark A. Grim, 32, from Meridian, was found to be in possession of meth. He was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and providing false information to officers, also a misdemeanor.

Early Monday morning, Boise police were dispatched to a nightclub on the 10200 block of W. Fairview Avenue on a battery call. When officers arrived, they found the suspect, Derogy Mbaa Ndewa, 33, from Boise, had been involved in a fight and had apparently used a steel nail puller to hit another man in the head. The victim was taken to a hospital and treated for non-life threatening head injuries. The suspect had originally given officers a false name, but was soon identified as Ndewa. He was booked into the Ada County Jail for felony aggravated battery and providing false information to an officer, a misdemeanor.

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