UPDATE 9/25/16–Police have finally released the name of the suspect: James Michael Cox, 39, Boise was arrested and Charged: Leaving the Scene of an Accident (F) – 2 counts, Eluding Police (F) – 2 counts, Grand Theft (F), Burglary (F)
A wild police chase ended at Notus Friday night, 35 miles from the scene of a hit-and-run accident on South Roosevelt in Boise.
Here is the Boise police account of the incident which no doubt was observed by hundreds of motorists.
At 7:19 this evening, Boise Police attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Roosevelt. The vehicle, a gray Suzuki SUV, failed to stop and fled from the scene. Boise Police did not pursue the vehicle and the officer turned off their lights and turned the opposite direction.
Another officer in the area saw the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed before finding it crashed near Roosevelt and Clark. The suspect’s vehicle struck another vehicle then one of those cars hit a bicyclist who was off his bike on the side of the road. The bicyclist was taken to the hospital with life threatening injures. No other victims were transported to the hospital. The suspect then fled from the scene and stole a motorcycle from another citizen. Police pursued the motorcycle all the way to Notus where the suspect was taken into custody. This is an on-going investigation and more information will be released as it becomes available.
UPDATE 9/24/16–Coppers originally said the chase ended in Notus, but changed it today to Homedale. Also they are looking for witnesses and still have not identified the suspect which might provide info citizens need to assist police. Click on “continue” to see today’s police report.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
UPDATE: Officers looking for witnesses after hit and run
Boise Police continue to investigate a hit and run that sent a man to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Detectives ask that anyone who witnessed the crash on Roosevelt near Clark St. Friday night call dispatch at 377-6790 or Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS. The suspect’s gray SUV crashed into another vehicle and hit a bicyclist on the side of the road. The bicyclist is a man in his early 20’s and he is being treated at a local hospital for life-threatening injuries. The suspect is an adult male and after the crash the suspect’s vehicle caught fire and the suspect fled the scene. The suspect proceeded to steal another man’s motorcycle and then lead police on a chase. A correction to the release below, the suspect was caught in Homedale, not in Notus. Charges against the suspect are pending and the investigation is on-going.
Crime Stoppers: Anyone with information about the crash on Roosevelt is urged to call non-emergency dispatch at 377-6790. You can also leave a tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS or leave a web tip at 343COPS.Com. Tips can be anonymous. Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $1000.00 for information leading to the arrest of a felony suspects based upon tip information.
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