A 40-year-old Caldwell man was booked into the Ada County Jail on a methamphetamine charge early Thursday morning after an officer noticed what appeared to be impaired driving in Downtown Boise.
Curtis N. Neal faces charges of felony meth possession plus misdemeanor driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Boise police report a patrol officer observed a car repeatedly failing to stay in its lane on North Capitol Boulevard near West Myrtle Street at 2:29 a.m. As the officer watched, the driver turned on his right turn signal and made a left turn, crossing two other lanes, and attempted to pull into a gas station. The vehicle went up over the curb, onto the sidewalk, through the grass, back down off the curb and into the gas station parking lot, where he parked on the west side of the building. After a short time the vehicle left the gas station and pulled out onto Myrtle, failing to signal and turning into a middle lane. The vehicle then turned left to head north on 6th Street, a southbound one-way street, police said.
The officer then made contact with the occupants of the vehicle and identified the driver as Neal. Neal exhibited signs of being under the influence and was arrested for DUI. Blood was drawn for evidence testing. Upon further investigation, police found Neal was in possession of two syringes and a small amount of a substance that field-tested as methamphetamine. After being evaluated by medical personnel at an area hospital, Neal was taken to jail.