Boise man arrested for hitting repo agent with truck

BOISE -- A Boise man who tried to stop repossession agents from taking his truck by hitting one of them with the vehicle has been arrested, police say.

Two men were attempting to repossess the pickup Monday afternoon when police say Earle Edward Vine, 42, began to drag the repossession agent. Vine struck the man with the back tires of the pickup before driving away, police said.

An officer spotted Vine speeding and failing to yield to traffic a short time later near Veterans Memorial Parkway and Adams Street. Police say the pickup was moving so fast that a large piece of metal was thrown from the truck bed onto Veterans Memorial Parkway.

The officer attempted to pull Vine over, but the suspect kept going northbound on Veterans Memorial Parkway, even swerving onto the sidewalk to avoid colliding with other vehicles, police said.

During the chase, Vine slammed his truck into a light pole on 36th Street and Sunset Avenue before getting out and running away, police said. Witnesses to the crash pointed pursuing officers in the right direction, and they found Vine a short distance away.

Vine was booked into the Ada County Jail and charged with felony aggravated battery and eluding a police officer. He is due to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.

The repossession agent was taken to the hospital where he continues to receive medical treatment for his injuries.


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