A Boise Police officer has been issued a traffic citation for his role in a July 9 incident in which the officer, while responding to an emergency call, drove the wrong direction on a one-way street, crashing into an SUV.
Officer Nicolas Ellis, a four-year veteran of the force, was cited for failing to stop when traffic is obstructed. The charge came following an investigation conducted by the Garden City Police Department.
"We conflict these cases out to other law enforcement agencies for an objective and unbiased review and we appreciate the work of the Garden City Police Department in this investigation," said Boise Police Chief Michael Masterson. "Our officers are trained and expected to keep public safety first, even in emergency responses. Even when mistakes aren't intentional, we are all held accountable."
Two occupants of the SUV suffered minor injuries in the crash. Investigators said the police officer should have yielded to the other vehicle.
Investigators said the marked patrol car was traveling south on 13th Street (a north-bound one-way street) when it collided with the SUV, which was traveling west on Idaho Street.
The Boise Police Department Office of Internal Affairs will consider the findings of the outside criminal investigation and determine if policies, training and procedures were followed in the incident. When violations of policy are found, officers are subject to disciplinary action.