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Officers Arrest Man After He Runs From Two Traffic Stops
Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - An Arizona Man is behind bars in Boise after he fled from two attempted traffic stops, tried to ram an officer in his patrol vehicle and drove through a fence at Gowen Field.
Andrew P. Garza, 30 of Surprise, Arizona was taken in to custody at 7:10 pm Sunday night. He has been charged with Aggravated Assault, Eluding officers and malicious injury to property.
Officers spotted Garza hiding in bushes up against a fence of the Idaho Humane Society. The area was within a secure perimeter set up by Boise Police and members of the Idaho National Guard Security Police after the suspect drove through a fence onto the Gowen Field military base while trying to elude officers. Just prior to crashing through the fence, the suspect had attempted to ram a marked patrol car. Fortunately the officer driving the car was able to avoid a collision. No one was hurt.
In checking the suspect's record, officers found he had just been released from prison in Arizona 21 days ago. He reportedly was incarcerated on a weapons charge.
It all started earlier on Sunday when A Boise Police officer on patrol attempted to stop the driver of a blue 1992 Chevy pick-up at 11:15 this morning near the intersection of West Franklin Road and South Orchard Street. The officer recognized the vehicle as possibly being connected to a previously reported crime. The driver failed to pull over and instead drove off at a high rate of speed. The officer followed the driver briefly but due to traffic safety concerns, the officer did not pursue the driver. The officer did relay the information to other officers in the area to be watching for the vehicle.
At approximately 11:20 a.m., officers spotted the pick-up near Orchard Street and Interstate 84. Again the driver fled. Again, due to busy traffic conditions and officers concerns for public safety, the suspect vehicle was not pursued.
At 11:25 a.m., an officer saw the vehicle on South Orchard Street near Dorman. The driver of the pick-up attempted to ram the side of the patrol car. The officer maneuvered his vehicle out of the way. The pick-up then drove through a fence on the western perimeter of Gowen Field. Officers observed the pick-up spin several times. The driver then abandoned the vehicle and ran.
"A lot of credit goes to the officers who realized the importance of setting up a secure perimeter to contain the suspect, and that's just where he was found," said Captain Eugene Smith of the Boise Police Department Patrol Division.
Boise Police were assisted in the search by the Idaho National Guard Security Police and Boise Airport Operations Personnel. Boise Police suspect apprehension K9's were also called into service and assisted in the search. Boise Firefighters and Ada County Paramedics were also on scene assisting officers and guardsmen in staying hydrated and taking other health and safety measures while the search went on in temperatures approaching triple digits.