While a Boise police officer tested a driver for sobriety Sunday evening, an intoxicated passenger in the vehicle hopped into the driver’s seat and accelerated, dragging another officer for about 30 yards Sunday evening, police say.
Rachel Stites, of Boise — the passenger who took the wheel, police said — was charged with two felonies: DUI and aggravated assault.
The incident took place in a parking lot along the 8000 block of Overland Road, west of Cole and south of I-84. At 6:31 p.m., police say, the vehicle carrying Stites pulled up to an officer and the driver asked for directions.
The officer noticed an open bottle of alcohol in the vehicle and asked the driver to step out and take a field sobriety test. During the test, another Boise officer watched the vehicle where Stites, 40, sat in the back. Another person sat on the front passenger’s side.
That’s when Stites reportedly got into the front seat and tried to drive away. The second officer reached in to the vehicle to try to turn it off but was dragged for about 30 yards before Stites crashed the vehicle into a concrete and metal enclosure for a dumpster, police say.
That officer sustained minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital. The front seat passenger — who wasn’t wearing a seat belt — and Stites were also taken to the hospital. Stites was arrested after she was treated, police say.
The intial driver was found to be sober and was charged only with a misdemeanor for an open container. Police did not specify the extent of the front-seat passenger’s injuries.
Stites is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 12, according to online court records. A judge will decide whether the case will proceed to a full trial.