A Boise man who reportedly struck a pedestrian and then fled Thursday meant to hit the man, a prosecutor claimed during an arraignment hearing Friday.
Fourth District Judge Deborah Bail set bail for Christopher M. Conaty at $1 million, the amount recommended by Deputy Ada County Prosecutor Matt Haynes.
“What was most troubling about that is that it was intentional,” Haynes said. “When he was taken ultimately into custody, he admitted he intentionally struck the pedestrian with his vehicle.”
At 2:09 p.m. Thursday, Boise police received a report of a man walking on a sidewalk was struck by a car near West Northview Street and North Maple Grove Road. Witnesses said the driver of a gray four-door sedan drove onto the sidewalk, struck the 30-year-old pedestrian and drove off.
“The witnesses that observed it noted that he had somewhat of an angry face when he hit the individual,” Haynes said.
Police said the two men knew each other. The victim was taken to a local hospital with injuries described as serious but not life-threatening. No update on the man’s condition was provided during the court hearing.
At 2:15 p.m. Thursday, police received calls from neighbors in a neighborhood southeast of North Milwaukee and West Northview streets that a man was banging on doors. Haynes said Conaty, of Boise, tried to break into several homes.
He also reportedly tried to take one vehicle by force in the 7500 block of West Wilshire Drive west of North Cold Road but was unsuccessful. The owner of the car refused to get out and told Conaty he would turn his dog on him. The man ran away.
Conaty later allegedly stole a pickup truck and drove it through a yard toward an officer’s patrol car. Authorities say he rammed the police car as the officer tried to block him from driving off.
A second officer had his car rammed by the pickup truck. Neither officer was serously hurt.
The suspect yelled threats toward the officers, claiming he had a gun, police said. Officers were able to take the man, later identified as Conaty, into custody.
He is charged with aggravated battery on a police officer, aggravated battery and leaving the scene of an accident, all felonies.
Haynes said he expects additional charges to be filed after further investigation.