Robert D. Hermann, 19, of Boise is accused of fleeing the scene after a yellow Nissan crashed into a gas station sign at the intersection of North Cole and West Ustick roads early Monday morning. Hermann faces misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence, restricting and obstructing officers and leaving the scene of an accident.
The yellow Nissan first caught a Boise police officers attention on Fairview Avenue because it matched the description of a vehicle that had been reported as a suspected DUI, police said. The officer turned around in an attempt to contact the driver, but lost sight of the Nissan after it turned north on Cole. The . officer soon found the vehicle had just crashed into a gas station sign.
As the officer arrived, the driver of the car ran off, leaving a passenger still inside, police said. The officer was able to quickly catch up to the driver and take him into custody. The officer noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on the driver, who was identified as Hermann. The teen failed field sobriety tests. He was booked into the Ada County Jail at 5:49 a.m. and later released.
Responding officers found the passenger of the car, 20-year-old Benjamin Camba of Boise, in possession of an open and partially consumed bottle of beer, a small amount of marijuana and two glass pipes with suspected marijuana residue. Camba was given a summons to appear in court on misdemeanor charges of open container violation, marijuana possession and paraphernalia possession.