A man with a blood alcohol content of .299 — well above the legal driving limit of .08 — was arrested Monday after he was involved in a minor traffic collision, left the scene and later refused to follow Boise Police officers’ demands to drop a box cutter and was apprehended with the help of a police K-9, according to a Boise Police press release.
Eric R. Prince, 24, of Mountain Home, was charged with three counts of felony aggravated assault as well as three misdemeanors: driving under the influence-excessive, resisting or obstructing officers and failure to appear. He was also charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident for separate incident in December.
Boise Police officers responded to a crash possibly involving an intoxicated driver, later identified as Prince, at 2:02 p.m. in the area of Commerce Avenue and Enterprise Street.
Witnesses said Prince’s car was involved in a minor traffic collision with another vehicle and did not stop at Broadway Avenue and the Interstate 84 on ramp. Prince’s vehicle was followed by a witness.
Prince then stopped in a parking lot on the 1400 block of Commercial Avenue, when Prince’s vehicle struck a building. When a witness attempted to speak to Prince, he reportedly made threatening statements. The witness backed away from Prince and locked themselves in their car.
Officers found Prince standing next to his vehicle with what appeared to be a knife in his hands. Officers commanded him to drop the knife and get on the ground, which Prince refused to do at first, according to the press release. After being given numerous commands, Prince dropped what was later identified as a box cutter to the ground, but would not follow other commands, according to police.
He then picked up the box cutter and began to advance toward officers, according to the release. Officers again issued multiple commands to drop the knife and get on the ground, which Prince ignored.
At that point, Police K-9 Rosco apprehended Prince, forcing him to drop the knife and allowing officers to take him into custody. Paramedics also responded on scene and transported Prince to an area hospital with minor injuries.
While at the hospital, Prince’s breath alcohol test resulted in a .299/.282 result. When he was cleared to leave the hospital, officers transported Prince to the Ada County Jail.
“The quick actions of (Rosco) and his handler brought what was a dangerous, fast-moving situation to a safe conclusion,” said Lt. Mark Barnett, “which is what we are always hoping for.”