Crime

Boise scooter driver charged with fleeing from police

Corey E. Stefani, 30, of Boise was booked into the Ada County Jail, accused of speeding away from officers on a scooter, then hiding in bushes, police report

He was apprehended after a Boise police dog detected him along a canal bank, police said. He is charged with felony eluding police and failure to appear on a felony drug warrant.

The incident began at 11:45 a.m. Saturday when Boise police tried to pull over a scooter than ran a red light at South Orchard Street and West Franklin Road. The driver of the scooter refused to pull over and sped away from officers at a high speed through a parking lot, police said.

Because of heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic and public safety concerns, the officer did not pursue the suspect, but instead noted a description of the driver and the scooter. Officers located the scooter a short time later parked and abandoned at residence in the area. The owner of the house did not recognize the vehicle or know the driver who, according to witnesses, had run away.

Officers used a police dog to track the driver, and Stefani was located a short distance away in bushes, police said. They identified Stefani as the scooter driver and took him into custody. He remained in jail Tuesday evening.

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