Boise & Garden City

[Update] Police seek witnesses in Boise high speed chase

Boise Police Department is seeking witnesses in a bizarre chain of events Friday evening that included a crash that seriously injured a Boise bicyclist, a motorcycle hijacking and a high-speed chase that ended two counties away less than an hour later, Ada County dispatchers and Boise police report.

The man was apprehended Friday night on the stolen motorcycle near Homedale in Owyhee County after a chase down numerous roads through Ada and Canyon counties including Interstate 84, highways 19 and 95, a dispatch supervisor said. The man was not injured and is expected to face numerous charges, but investigators were still sorting out the events late Friday, police said. His name and age were not released.

A witness reported seeing a red motorcycle, closely pursued by multiple Boise police cars, heading down Interstate 84 at speeds exceeding 100 mph.

The bizarre series of events began around 7:20 p.m. when Boise police attempted to pull over a gray Suzuki SUV on Roosevelt Avenue near Overland Road and the driver refused to stop. That officer did not pursue the Suzuki, police said in a news release, but another Boise officer saw the Suzuki driving very fast, then found it crashed near Roosevelt and Clark.

Police are specifically looking for witnesses to this crash, in which the suspect's car later caught fire. Anyone with information can call dispatch at 377-6790 or Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

The crash involved the Suzuki reportedly hitting another vehicle, causing another vehicle to hit a bicyclist who was off his bike on the side of the road, police said. The bicyclist, a man in his 20s whose name has not yet been released, was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said. No update was available on his condition Saturday afternoon.

The driver of the Suzuki reportedly fled on foot, then stole a motorcycle and tried to escape, police said. The man forcibly took the motorcycle from its owner, but no weapon was reported, the dispatcher said.

It was a little after 8 p.m. by time officers pulled the motorcycle over in Owyhee County and took the rider into custody, the dispatcher said.