Monday, January 23, 2012

Idaho Police Use Spike Strips to Stop Alleged Hit and Run Driver...

MERIDIAN -- A Meridian man is facing felony charges after a hit-and-run accident on Eagle Road Monday led to a police pursuit on Interstate 84, that finally ended when police deployed spike strips to stop the man's truck.
According to Meridian Police, it all started around 9:30 a.m. The driver of a silver 2005 Nissan pickup truck was southbound on Eagle Road near Fairview Avenue, when he crossed the centerline and hit a Chrysler 300 head-on, causing extensive damage to both vehicles.
Police say the driver, later identified as Stephen Sullivan, 54, of Meridian, failed to stop and continued toward the interstate. A Meridian Police officer in an unmarked patrol car spotted the truck heading eastbound on I-84 near Eagle Road. At that point, the officer followed the truck with lights and sirens on. Sullivan failed to stop and his truck drifted into the unmarked patrol car, causing some slight damage to the vehicle.
Boise Police assisted in the pursuit by deploying spike strips at I-84 and Cole Road. Sullivan's truck hit the spikes and then veered into jersey barriers, striking several construction signs. The truck finally came to a stop at I-84 and Orchard Street.
Police arrested Sullivan on felony charges of DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and eluding a police officer. He is believed to have been under the influence of prescription narcotics.
Sullivan was booked into the Ada County Jail.