UPDATE: Nampa police arrest fleeing suspect

Jeremiah James Newell
Jeremiah James Newell

Nampa police found Jeremiah James Newell, 36, who ran from officers Wednesday, following a hit and run near Northwest Nazarene University early Saturday morning, according to a Nampa Police Department press release.

NPD officers found the suspect vehicle while responding to the hit and run report around 5 a.m. The suspect tried to flee and police engaged in a short pursuit, during which the driver, Newell, attempted to ram two police cars and struck a third before he was apprehended, according to the release. Officials said the car Newell was driving had been reported stolen in Nampa on Friday.

Newell was treated for injuries from a police K-9 bite “sustained ... during a struggle as officers were attempting to arrest him,” the release said. He was booked into Canyon County jail and charged with felony aggravated battery on a police officer, two counts of felonary aggravated assault on a police officer, felony grand theft by possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and leaving the scene of a property damage crash, as well as a robbery warrant from Boise Police Department.

Earlier in the week, Boise police said Newell, of Nampa, was a “person of interest” when officers spotted him near Chinden Boulevard and Coffey Street around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Newell fled in a vehicle, according to the Boise Police Department. Officers unsuccessfully tried to stop it. But Newell drove into an unmarked police car, then hit a civilian’s car. No one was injured in the crashes.

Newell abandoned his crashed vehicle and stole another civilian’s pickup truck “forcefully” while holding a knife, police said.