Star's police chief was injured when a vehicle ran into the rear of his patrol unit at an intersection south of Nampa Thursday afternoon.
John Laraway, an Ada County Sheriff's sergeant who heads the sheriff's Star unit, was transported to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center for injuries that were not life-threatening, an ACSO spokesman said. No other injuries were reported in the crash, an Ada County dispatcher said.
Laraway, 58, reported to Ada County dispatch about 2:35 p.m. that he had been rear-ended at Robinson Road and Amity Avenue, requested an ambulance and said that his nose and face were bleeding, according to scanner traffic.
Laraway was headed south on Robinson, slowing for the stop sign at the intersection when he was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Wesley Watts, 46, of Nampa, Idaho State Police report. After the impact, Watts' vehicle went off the right shoulder of the road, through a fence, over a ditch, across Amity and through another fence before coming to rest in a field, ISP reports.
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Both drivers were wearing seat belts, ISP reports. The crash is still under investigation.
The intersection was blocked for approximately three hours.
Laraway had just gotten off-duty at the time of the crash, the ACSO spokesman said.