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Boise Police officer dragged, injured while trying to stop fleeing driver

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Posted at 12:15 PM, Aug 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-01 10:50:30-04

A Boise woman is in the Ada County Jail charged with dragging and injuring a Boise Police officer, while reportedly attempting to flee in a vehicle.

About 6:30 p.m. Sunday, an officer was approached by a driver in a parking lot in the 8000 block of Overland Road; the driver asked the officer for directions.

The officer reported seeing an open bottle of alcohol in the car -- and asked the driver to step out of the vehicle for a field sobriety test. 

Two people stayed in the vehicle, one was in the front passenger seat and one was in the back passenger seat. The backseat passenger appeared to be intoxicated, according to a Boise Police Department news release.

“While one officer conducted the field sobriety test, another officer observed the passenger in the back seat slide into the front seat, turn the car on and attempt to drive. The officer reached into the driver’s side window to attempt to stop the car, and the driver accelerated -- with the officer in the window -- for about thirty yards, before crashing into a concrete and metal dumpster enclosure,” the release stated.

The officer received minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. 

The front seat passenger was not wearing a seatbelt and was also transported to the hospital for her injuries, according to the release.

The driver who crashed the vehicle was identified as Rachel Stites, 40, of Boise.

Stites was also taken to the hospital for treatment and officers conducted a DUI investigation before Stites was transported to the Ada County Jail. She was booked on an aggravated DUI and an aggravated assault charge. Both are felonies.

The original driver of the vehicle was not found to be driving under the influence, but did receive a misdemeanor open container charge, the release said.