BOISE -- A driver who crashed through a fence at Gowen Field while fleeing officers has been arrested after he was found inside a fenced area on the property of the Idaho Humane Society, police said.
Police spent the afternoon searching for the man in the area of West Orchard and South Dorman streets on the west side of of the base, while Idaho National Guard members searched areas within the base, police said.
Police say it all began around 11:15 a.m. when an officer tried to stop the driver of a blue Chevy pickup near the intersection of West Franklin Road and South Orchard Street. The driver refused to pull over and sped away at high speeds. Because of traffic safety concerns the officer stopped the pursuit, police said.
The same pickup was spotted a few minutes later on Orchard near I-84. Police say the driver took off again and briefly escaped before he was found driving on Orchard near Dorman. That's when, according to police, the driver tried to ram the side of a patrol car. The officer was able to pull out of the path of the pickup, which drove through a fence on the western side of Gowen Field. Police say the man then got out of the truck and took off on foot.
We have to consider this suspect very dangerous considering his willingness to jeopardize innocent citizens on the roads, attempt to ram a police car and crash through the fence of a military base, said BPD Captain Eugene Smith.
Police announced late in the afternoon that the man had been taken into custody after he was found hiding in bushes inside the fence on the property of the Humane Society.
Andrew P. Garza, 30, of Sunrise, Arizona faces felony charges of aggravated assault, eluding officers, and malicious injury to property.
Police say Garza had just been released from prison in Arizona three weeks ago. He was reportedly incarcerated on a weapons charge.