Suspected drunk driver flees police, is stopped by Nat'l Guard

Suspected drunk driver flees police, is stopped by Nat'l Guard

Christopher Keith Brown

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by Matt Standal

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Posted on May 2, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 26 at 2:22 AM

BOISE -- Police say a Baker City, Ore. man drove drunk through a construction site, ran from police in a high-speed chase, and was eventually detained by Boise National Guard members at Gowen Field early Tuesday.

Officers say they tried to stop 19-year-old Christopher K. Brown near Belmont and Manitou Streets around 5:30 a.m. after he failed to use his turn signal.

However, Brown didn't stop -- instead he sped through an alley, drove his car over a berm, and led officers on a brief, high-speed chase through city streets.

According to BPD spokesman Chuck McClure, Brown drove his car over 55 mph in a 20 mph zone, and also turned-off his headlights in an attempt to get away.

"Officers discontinued the pursuit after they felt it could become a threat to public safety," McClure said.

Yet Brown's alleged criminal joyride didn't end there.

According to Nat'l Guard spokesman Col. Tim Marsano, the 19-year-old then tried to drive through the main gates of the base around 6:20 a.m.

That's when Security Forces personnel immediately detained the Baker City man because he smelled strongly of liquor.

"He attempted to gain entry through our main gate. In checking his ID card, our security personnel detected a strong odor of alcohol," Marsano said.

Marsano also told KTVB that a records check showed that Brown was not affiliated with the Idaho National Guard.

Brown was then transferred to Boise Police Custody, where he failed several field sobriety tests, and blew a .19 BAC at the Ada County Jail.

BPD officers later found Brown's front license plate at a construction site on the north side of the BSU stadium. They now suspect Brown drove through, and damaged a fence at that site.

Brown was booked at the Ada County Jail on felony charges of fleeing or eluding police, as well as misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence, and leaving the scene of an accident.

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