Crime

Bond set at $2 million for man accused of ramming Boise police car, leading officers on chase

Jose M. Sanchez, 32, read the complaint against him, then placed his head on his table Friday afternoon as he waited for a video arraignment to begin from a room at the Ada County Jail.

After allegedly fleeing from a traffic stop Thursday evening, ramming a police patrol car and injuring an officer, then leading police from multiple agencies on a chase that ended in Elmore County when he rolled his pickup truck, the Boise man did not receive any sympathy in court.

Deputy Ada County Prosecutor Barbara Duggan argued for a high bond, saying Sanchez is dangerous. She noted his long criminal history, including convictions for grand theft, domestic battery, violation of a no-contact order and reckless driving. At the time of Thursday’s chase, he was on parole for a 2004 grand theft case.

“He poses a significant risk to the community,” Duggan said.

Sanchez, of Boise, is next scheduled for an April 24 preliminary hearing on his new charges of assault or battery on an officer, fleeing an officer and methamphetamine trafficking, all felonies. He also faces two misdemeanor counts of possessing a controlled substance.

Both Sanchez and the officer whose car was struck were hurt. The injured Boise officer was treated for a leg injury and released from a local hospital Thursday evening.

Sanchez was taken to the Ada County Jail in Boise after he was treated and released from the hospital early Friday.

The incident began shortly before 6:54 p.m. Thursday when the Boise officer attempted to stop a pickup truck at Chinden Boulevard and Veterans Memorial Parkway. Police said the pickup truck initially stopped, then turned around and drove toward the officer, who had gotten out of his vehicle and hurriedly tried to get back in as the truck approached.

The truck hit the patrol car, slamming the driver's door shut on the officer's leg. The injured officer could not pursue the pickup, but he radioed for help.

Officers from Boise and other agencies located and pursued the pickup truck, but Sanchez reportedly refused to stop. At times, the pickup reached speeds of higher than 70 mph through Downtown Boise; along Vista, West Rose Hill and South Curtis roads; and then to eastbound Interstate 84.

Idaho State Police continued following the pickup truck down the freeway, and the truck rolled at milepost 84 in Elmore County.

Sanchez was ejected and began to run, but state troopers quickly caught him, police said. The chase was over before 7:50 p.m.

Sanchez served six months of a 3- to 12-year sentence on the grand theft conviction before being released on probation in September 2005. Two years later, he served another 19 months following a probation violation.

Five months after he was released again on probation, Sanchez was arrested for a second violation and returned to prison for 13 months. He was released in November 2013.

He was scheduled to remain on parole through September 2017.

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