James Cox, 39, is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, eluding police, grand theft and burglary.
UPDATE: September 25, 2016
A Boise man is behind bars charged with a string of felonies - two counts of leaving the scene of an accident, two counts of eluding police and individual counts of grand theft and burglary - connection with a hit and run that sent an area cyclist to the hospital and led police on a high-speed chase.
Boise Police offered more details September 25 in connection with the incident which occurred in the evening hours of September 23. Police said they attempted to stop a vehicle with no license plates Friday evening, but the driver refused to yield and drove away. A short time later, police observed the same vehicle in a hit and run accident on Roosevelt which sent a bicyclist to an area hospital. The cyclist was in stable condition on Sunday morning. Police said the suspect then stole a motorcycle from a nearby garage and led police on a chase out of Ada County.
The suspect was stopped in a dead end street in the Owyhee County community of Homedale but he attempted to take off on foot. Eventually, police caught the suspect, took him to an area hospital and then to the Ada County lockup.
39-year-old James Cox of Boise was charged with six felonies and faces an arraignment on Monday, September 26.
Police are still asking for witnesses to the crash to contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.
ORIGINAL POST: September 24, 2016
Boise police are still piecing together details of a bizarre string of events that sent a bicyclist to an area hospital and a motorist to jail—but only after the suspect had fled from a reported hit-and-run and stole a motorcycle, leading police on a high-speed chase.
Officials said the incident began at approximately 7:20 p.m. on Friday when law enforcement attempted to pull over a gray Suzuki SUV on Roosevelt Street. Police said they initially decided not to pursue the vehicle when the driver refused to stop. A short time later, another Boise police squad car spotted the same SUV, but this time involved n a crash near Roosevelt and Clark streets.
Witnesses said the SUV had crashed into another vehicle which, in turn, struck a bicyclist who was rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. When police approached the driver of the SUV, they said he fled on foot and then stole a motorcycle from another citizen. That led to a high-speed chase on Interstate 84 that witnesses said topped 100 miles per hour. Police followed the suspect to the Owyhee County community of Homedale where he was apprehended.
No official word yet on the suspect's identity and the investigation is ongoing.
Boise Police are asking anyone who may have seen suspicious vehicles or activity in the area during the night of Oct. 25 or the early morning of Oct. 26 to call Crime Stoppers at 208-343-COPS, or use the P3 Tips app.