Canyon County

Officer-involved crash sends Nampa woman to hospital

Idaho State Police investigated the crash Monday evening involving a marked Nampa Police Department vehicle.

That vehicle was headed east en route to an emergency call when it collided with a 2007 Lexus 250 sedan at 5:36 p.m. at the intersection of Garrity Boulevard and Sugar Road. The driver of the Lexus — Juanita Valenzuela, 39 — had stopped at a stop sign before proceeding into the intersection and hitting the passenger side of the patrol vehicle.

Valenzuela was transported to St. Alphonsus Health Plaza in Nampa. Roberto Mier-Leon, 31, of Caldwell — a passenger in Valenzuela’s vehicle — and the Nampa officer were uninjured.

Eastbound traffic in the right lane was blocked for approximately two hours as crews cleared the scene. The crash is still under investigation by ISP.

All occupants were wearing seatbelts, an ISP report said.

ISP released the names of the occupants of the Lexus, but Nampa police did not provide the name Tuesday morning of the officer involved in the crash. The Nampa department wants to wait to see if Idaho State Police issues a citation in the crash first, Nampa Sgt. Joe Ramirez said.

Check back with the Statesman for updates as they become available.