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Police: Driver behind string of hit-and-runs before Cole Road wreck

Multiple people are hurt after a crash in Boise Tuesday morning.
Credit: Theresa Palmgren/KTVB
Multiple cars were involved in a crash on Cole Road March 12, 2019.

BOISE, Idaho — A serious wreck involving at least four cars on Cole Road Tuesday morning came after a series of hit-and-runs that began in Meridian, police say. 

Meridian Police Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea said officers were first notified about a hit-and-run collision on eastbound I-84 near Linder Road. The driver of the suspect vehicle - a blue, black and silver Hyundai Tiburon - kept going, Basterrechea said, crashing into a van at the Meridian Road exit.

The Hyundai headed north on Meridian Road, then ended up on Franklin, where it caught the eye of an Ada County Sheriff's Office deputy. The deputy tried to pull the car over, but the driver did not stop, police say.

With the Ada County Sheriff's Office car in pursuit, the driver then ran a red light at Franklin and Eagle, hitting two more vehicles, Basterrechea said.

At that point, police say, the ACSO deputy called off the chase out of safety concerns. 

The driver kept going, according to Basterrechea, ultimately ending up in another crash at Cole and Emerald at 7:02 a.m.

At least four cars, including the Hyundai, were involved in that wreck, and a total of five people were injured. 

Basterrechea said the man driving the Hyundai and his female passenger had to be cut from the wreckage of their car. Both were taken by ambulance to the hospital. 

The crash blocked the Cole and Emerald intersection for more than an hour as emergency crews worked. The intersection is now open. 

The Hyundai driver's name has not yet been released, and the series of wrecks remain under investigation.

Check back for updates. 

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