Boise man arrested on eluding, DUI charges after pursuit

A 21-year-old Boise man was jailed late Thursday night after he fled from police, including driving the wrong way on a Downtown street.

Landon W. Powell is charged with felony fleeing or eluding officers and three misdemeanors: DUI, marijuana possession and resisting or obstructing officers.

Boise police report that officers spotted a vehicle failing to stay in its lane near the intersection of South Capitol Boulevard and West Front Street at 10:55 p.m. Officer tried to pull the car over, but the driver turned north onto North 9th Street, driving into oncoming traffic. Officers didn't pursue the vehicle on 9th because of public safety concerns.

A short time later, officers saw the vehicle turn west onto West State Street and began following it at a safe distance around North Whitewater Park Boulevard. Officers attempted to stop the car again at State North Collister Drive, but the driver again refused to stop and continued westbound on State, the BPD reports.

According to a news release, police were concerned that the driver was impaired and risking the safety of other motorists, so they stopped the vehicle using a pursuit intervention technique (PIT). The driver continued to be uncooperative after the stop, but officers took him out of the vehicle and arrested him.

A small baggie of what appeared to be marijuana was found on the floorboard of the car. Powell was checked for injuries by paramedics and cleared before being transported to the Ada County Jail, where he remained Friday evening.