Brian L. Pottinger, 57, was arrested under Idaho's hate crimes statute late Monday on suspicion of threatening and assaulting a person based on national origin, Boise police reported Tuesday.
Pottinger is accused of driving by the victim, making threatening comments and physically assaulting the person about 10:20 p.m. near West Taft and North Silver streets, police said.
"Evidence indicates that the threats were made with the specific intent to intimidate or harass the victim because of the victim’s national origin," police said in a news release, but offered no details about the victim's nationality, age or gender.
During the investigation, officers found evidence that the Pottinger had made previous comments to the victim that created fear. Responding officers located Pottinger a short distance away and arrested him on the felony charge of malicious harassment.
Pottinger is being held in the Ada County Jail on $100,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 27, and a no-contact order has been issued.