BOISE — The officer and a civilian passenger riding in the patrol car were taken to the hospital as a precaution after the crash at Milwaukee and King streets. The occupants of the two cars it struck were not hurt, police said.
Details of the crash were scarce Monday. Idaho State Police will handle the investigation into the collision.
Other Boise police arrested a 15-year-old boy, charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault for pointing a BB gun at two different people Monday morning. Police say he pointed the gun at a school bus driver in the area of North Five Mile and West Ustick roads, then at a girl as she walked to her bus stop.
The 10-year-old girl said she was near North Cloverdale Road and West Ustick Road when four teenagers in a car pulled alongside of her. The suspect pointed what appeared to be a black handgun at the girl, police said.
The child crouched down until the teens drove away, then ran to her bus. When she got to school, she called her mother and told her what had happened, and her mother immediately called police.
After the 10-year-old provided police with a description, officers found the car with three boys and a girl, all 15, inside. The four were taken into custody for questioning. Officers also found the black handgun which turned out to be a BB gun inside the vehicle, police said.
The boy who pointed the gun was taken to a juvenile detention facility. The other three were released to their parents.
More charges may be pending against the teens. Police said they received reports that they fired at cars and were driving without a license. Later Monday, police said felony burglary charges were pending against at least two of the teens for shoplifting from a local retail store.
Police have not released the names of any of the juveniles involved.
Boise Police Lt. Rob Gallas praised the 10-year-old for her quick thinking.
She recognized the danger and immediately sought out a trusted adult, in this case her mom, who called police, Gallas said. This family can be extremely proud of how well this child reacted, right down to her ability to give a very accurate suspect description despite being understandably frightened. She did all the right things and was a great help.