Driver taken to hospital for "pre-existing medical conditions" after chase on I-84

Posted at 9:02 PM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 13:16:46-04

UPDATE (7/28): Idaho State Police investigated a report of a traffic complaint involving a Chevrolet Silverado failing to stay in its lane and hitting other vehicles. The incident started at milepost 38 in Nampa.

The Communications Director for ISP, Lynn Hightower, said the driver was in "medical distress, which appears to be the reason for the erratic driving."

ISP troopers attempted the stop the vehicle, but the driver did not yield and a chase started. Once the Silverado stopped just east of the Eagle Road exit, "less-lethal" bean bag rounds were used, said ISP in a news release.

Hightower said troopers shot the bean bag rounds through the back window so they could safely access the driver. The driver was taken to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise for pre-existing medical issues, according to the news release. There is no word on his condition this morning.

Troopers would like to other drivers who called in the erratic driving, as the driver was in medical distress.

UPDATE: The scene has been cleared and traffic is flowing again.

While we are still working on getting more details from authorities, an ISP spokesperson tells us this incident was a pursuit. She added this was not an officer-involved shooting, despite the appearance of the driver's back window.

More details to come.

ORIGINAL STORY: Idaho State Police (ISP) say that a traffic stop on Interstate-84 near the Eagle Road exit resulted in officials blocking all eastbound lanes Monday evening.

While traffic was backed up during the closures, ISP tells us those lanes are now open.

According to eyewitnesses, the incident appeared to involve a white truck with a male driver. Two eyewitnesses report seeing officials with guns drawn on the driver -- but these details have yet to be confirmed by authorities.

Fire officials, Ada County Parademics, and police were among the agencies who responded to this traffic stop.

We are working to confirm the details of the incident. Stay with us.