Crime

Nampa police seek BMW driver following pursuit, crash

A routine traffic stop for speeding turned serious Monday morning after one vehicle tried to ram a Nampa patrol car and later crashed while a second vehicle sped off.

A Nampa police officer clocked a speeding silver 1990s BMW headed west on Nampa-Caldwell Boulevard near Homedale Road at 8:21 a.m. The BWM was clocked at between 55 mph and 65 mph. Sgt. Joe Ramirez, spokesman for the Nampa Police Department, said he did not have information on whether the car was in a stretch of the road where the speed limit is 35 or farther west where it climbs to 45.

While in pursuit, the officer tried to get the driver of another car between him and the BMW to get out of the way. Instead, the female driver of that vehicle, a gold Hyundai Elantra, turned toward the officer’s car, Sgt. Joe Ramirez said.

“She tried to ram the car a couple of times,” Ramirez said.

The BMW, which police believe was traveling with the Elantra, turned south onto North Midway Road in Caldwell. The Elantra followed but was unable to negotiate the corner, jumped the curb and struck a power pole in the parking lot of the Midway Lunch restaurant, 6124 Cleveland Blvd.

Nampa-Caldwell Boulevard becomes Cleveland Boulevard in Caldwell.

The officer stopped to assist the Elantra driver and to take the driver, Shaeanna Valenzuela, 23, of Caldwell into custody. The four-door BMW, driven by a white man and having a yellow stripe on the back bumper, continued on Midway Road.

Valenzuela suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. She was later charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, eluding, possession and distribution of a controlled substance, possession of paraphernalia and failure to purchase a driver’s license.

“This is more like something we’d expect to see on the freeway, not on a city street,” Ramirez said.

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