Police take two into custody after standoff on Overland in Meridian

newsroom@idahostatesman.comJuly 13, 2014 



A motorist blew a red light and then did not immediately stop when a police officer tried to pull the vehicle just before 9:30 a.m. Sunday, according to Meridian Police.

When the vehicle did stop on Overland Road just west of Eagle Road at South Bonito Way, the passenger — Aleesia N. Bradford, 20 — complied with commands to get out of the vehicle — but the driver refused. That led to an 80-minute standoff.

A Boise Police Department negotiator spoke to the driver — Adam P. Avila — on a cell phone. He was able to get Avila to surrender without further incident.

Avila, who is currently on felony probation out of Canyon County for eluding an officer, was arrested by probation and parole officers on an agent’s warrant. He was also charged by Meridian police with failure to yield, resisting and obstructing, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bradford was arrested for providing false information to an officer, possession of paraphernalia, and two felony warrants for possession of a controlled substance and burglary.

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