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If anybody out there needs another reason not to drink and drive, how about needle-wielding cops?

That's right. Nampa Police Department patrol officers are undergoing phlebotomy training. That's a class in which they learn to draw blood.

It's part of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration program to test whether drawing the blood of allegedly impaired drivers who refuse breath tests will help cut the number of DUI cases that make their way to court. A second test is being conducted in Texas.

If successful, the program may go nationwide. It's already the law of the land in Arizona, where they've been tapping suspects' veins for more than 13 years.

You see, the first thing most defense attorneys will advise is to refuse to take the breath test if suspected of driving under the influence. And refuseniks' cases often wind up in court, where the charges are much more difficult--and a lot more expensive--to prove.

Under the program, cops will draw blood at the scene of the DUI stop if the suspect refuses to blow. That preserves evidence through a timely collection of blood because alcohol dissipates in the bloodstream relatively rapidly compared to some other illegal substances.

It also cuts the cost of paying a local hospital for extracting the blood. To say nothing of court costs associated with prosecutions. And Nampa police claim it will help them maintain a better "chain of custody" with evidence in their possession from start to finish.

That means impaired drivers within reach of that burg's police are no longer free to refuse evidentiary tests. They can try, but cops will be empowered to draw the blood regardless. Even if it means hogtying the suspect on the hood of their car.

And in case you're wondering, doing so is perfectly legal. The U.S. Supreme Court gave a go-ahead for the practice back in 1966.

We can see the video now.



Pawn shops are a convenient way to score some quick cash during lean times. Just make sure the items you're pawning actually belong to you.

A 27-year-old Boise woman allegedly failed to make that distinction and recently landed behind bars as a result.

Boise Police Department reports say that acquaintances of the woman reported a number of personal items--including jewelry--had been stolen, beginning back in June. And some of the alleged loot had turned up at local pawn shops. The victims named names.

After a detailed investigation, officers recovered several of the stolen items, including the jewelry, and forwarded the information to prosecutors. They issued a felony grand-theft arrest warrant in the case. The knock at the door came shortly thereafter.



"They thought they were just pulling a prank."

So says Sgt. Levi Risley of the Fort Smith Police Department in Arkansas of two 20-year-old dudes who thought it would be funny to swap out the promotional DVD playing on display televisions at the local Wal-Mart.

The problem was, according to the Times Record newspaper in Fort Smith, their choice of viewing material failed to meet community standards. By a pornographic long shot.

The DVD player into which the merry pranksters slipped their XXX-rated fare was part of a furniture department display and was connected to six other TVs. The sex acts were visible to the general public as they shopped.

Eventually, an eagle-eyed shopper--presumably not a teenaged male--managed to pull themselves away from the boob tube. A manager was notified. The eject button was pushed. And police were called.

Authorities released store surveillance video to the local TV station to air on the 10 p.m. newscast's Crime Stoppers segment.

Within six minutes of the broadcast, the two suspects were fingered. Turns out, one of them works--or used to, anyway--at the store.

The next day, the two suspects were booked into the county lockup on a felony obscenity complaint. And our pranksters weren't so merry anymore.

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