Crime

8 arrested following Boise car fire and drunken scuffle with police

Boise police officers responding to an incident early Monday found a car on fire with flames rising 10 to 15 feet in the air near a residence and a fight taking place in the doorway to the home.

One officer was allegedly punched by a 16-year-old boy smelling strongly of alcohol as the officer approached the house in the 1700 block of North Cole Road at about 4:20 a.m., according to a report from the Boise Police Department.

A second officer was reportedly struck by a second person.

Neither of the officers suffered major injuries, police said.

Additional officers were called to the scene and they helped control the situation. A dozen people were evacuated from the home.

Eight people, four adults and four juveniles, were arrested. Three of the adults and two juveniles, including the 16-year-old boy and a 16-year-old girl, both from Boise, were charged with battery on a law enforcement officer.

The juveniles, including 17-year-old boys from Nampa and Homedale, were also charged with illegal alcohol possession. The Homedale boy was also charged with resisting and obstructing police.

Valeria O. Madrid, 40, and Denyse O. Madrid, 18, both of Boise, were charged with battery on a law enforcement officer. Denyse Madrid was also charged with illegal alcohol possession.

Amelia E. Torres and Adalina E. Torres, both 19 and from Nampa, were each charged with illegal alcohol possession. Amelia Torres was also charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, while Adalina Torres was also charged with resisting and obstructing officers.

Police were originally called to help firefighters with the Boise Fire Department after the fire department received a report of a car fire threatening the home.

Police said the cause of the fire appears suspicious and fire and police investigators are looking into what happened.

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