Friday, March 27, 2015

ISP and Local Law Enforcement to Conduct Special Enforcement Patrols Along Railways in Southeastern Idaho

IDAHO STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE
Teresa Baker
Public Information Officer
Headquarters
700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642
(208) 884-7122
Fax (208) 884-7087

For Immediate Release: 3/27/15 at 12:35 p.m.

IDAHO FALLS - The Idaho State Police will be conducting "Trooper on a Train" and "Adopt a Crossing" enforcement operation throughout southeastern Idaho on Monday, March 30th. The dedicated patrols are in cooperation with Operation Lifesaver, Union Pacific, the Pocatello, Blackfoot and Idaho Falls Police Departments and the Bannock, Bingham and Bonneville County Sheriff's Offices.

"State and local law enforcement are once again participating in this important operation with a goal to increase public awareness of the potential dangers that exist at railroad intersections that can have tragic consequences," said Idaho State Police Lt. Chris Weadick. "We hope that by letting the public know that we are focusing on enforcing the traffic laws that pertain to these intersections that drivers, as well as, pedestrians, will always be more careful near railways."

During the "Trooper on a Train" enforcement effort, one trooper rides in the lead locomotive of a train as a spotter. This trooper observes traffic approaching the rail intersections as the train proceeds down the tracks. Other law enforcement officers pace the train or are parked at specified locations. When a motorist is observed violating the laws pertaining to approaching a rail intersection, the trooper on the train radios the nearest patrol car, with the information. That officer will stop the motorist, explain the dangers and issue a citation, if warranted.

"Adopt a Crossing" will also take place on Thursday. Officers and troopers will pick a rail crossing within their jurisdiction and focus on enforcing the laws that pertain to that crossing.

Thus far in 2015, there have been two vehicle/train collisions in Idaho. In 2014, Idaho had 20 vehicle/train collisions resulting in one fatality along with two pedestrians who were killed while on train tracks.

Tips for crossing tracks safely:

- Always expect a train on any train track, at any time.

- Slow down as you approach all railroad crossings and be prepared to stop if necessary.

- Never drive around lowered gates - it's dangerous and illegal.

- Proceed through a crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear it without stopping.

- Trains can't stop quickly because of their size and weight.

- Don't stop on the tracks, it's illegal.

- If you suspect a signal is malfunctioning, call the number posted on or near the crossing signal, local law enforcement or Idaho State Police at *ISP (*477).

- If you find yourself in the path of a train, get out of the way, and if your vehicle is stuck, immediately get out of the vehicle and away from the tracks.

Newsroom Information Only

The "Trooper on a Train" enforcement operation will occur in Bannock, Bingham and Bonneville counties on Monday, March 30th between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm. Briefing will begin at Pocatello Depot located at 300 S. Harrison Ave. Space is limited on the train, press personnel will be accommodated on a first come first serve basis. For additional information, or to arrange a ride along on the train, please contact:

Travis Campbell, Idaho Operation Lifesaver 208-412-2481
Lt. Chris Weadick, Idaho State Police 208-525-7377


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Idaho State Police Place Major on Administrative Leave

IDAHO STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE
Teresa Baker
Public Information Officer
Headquarters
700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642
(208) 884-7122
Fax (208) 884-7087

For Immediate Release: 3/26/15 at 8:30 a.m.


MERIDIAN - Idaho State Police have placed Major Clark Rollins on administrative leave following his arrest Wednesday evening for misdemeanor driving under the influence and misdemeanor unlawful transportation of an alcoholic beverage. The arrest was made by the Meridian Police Department after Rollins was pulled over for a traffic violation.

In addition to criminal proceedings, Rollins is subject to an internal investigation regarding applicable polices of the Idaho State Police.

The Idaho State Police demand the highest professional conduct from its officers both on and off duty.


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Two Vehicle Crash Near Shelley Sends Two to Hospital

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Idaho State Police
District 6 1540 Foote Dr.
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828
(208) 525-7377 FAX: (208) 525-7294

For Immediate Release 3-26-2015 00:26
Please direct questions to the District Office



On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at 4:50 pm, Idaho State Police investigated a two vehicle crash north on Interstate 15 at milepost 108, near Shelley,ID. Tamara Robertson, 25 of Idaho Falls, was northbound in a 2013 Ford Edge. Michael Peterson, 63 of Rexburg, was also northbound, behind Robertson, in a 2013 Toyota Scion. Robertson slowed down to allow another car to merge into the right lane in front of her, when Peterson ran into the back of her vehicle. Both vehicles came to a stop, blocking the right lane of travel . Michael Peterson, and his passenger Lois Peterson, were transported by ground ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, ID. All occupants were wearing seat belts. Both lanes were blocked for approximately one hour. Idaho State Police was assisted by Bingham Co Sheriff's Office and Idaho Falls and Bingham Co EMS.




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ISP and Local Law Enforcement to Conduct Special Enforcement Patrols Along Railways Thursday

IDAHO STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE
Teresa Baker
Public Information Officer
Headquarters
700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642
(208) 884-7122
Fax (208) 884-7087

For Immediate Release: 3/25/15 at 2:20 p.m.

MERIDIAN - The Idaho State Police will be conducting "Trooper on a Train" and "Adopt a Crossing" enforcement operation in cooperation with Operation Lifesaver and the Meridian and Boise Police Departments throughout the Treasure Valley tomorrow, March 26th.

"ISP is once again participating in this important enforcement operation with a goal to increase public awareness of the potential dangers that exist at railroad intersections that can have tragic consequences," said Idaho State Police Sgt. Matt Smith. "We hope that by letting the public know that we are focusing on enforcing the traffic laws that pertain to these intersections that drivers, as well as pedestrians, will always be more careful near railways."

During the "Trooper on a Train" enforcement effort, one trooper rides in the lead locomotive of a train as a spotter. This trooper observes traffic approaching the rail intersections as the train proceeds down the tracks. Other law enforcement officers pace the train or are parked at specified locations. When a motorist is observed violating the laws pertaining to approaching a rail intersection, the trooper on the train radios the nearest patrol car, with the information. That officer will stop the motorist, explain the dangers and issue a citation, if warranted.

"Adopt a Crossing" will also take place on Thursday. Officers and troopers will pick a rail crossing within their jurisdiction and focus on enforcing the laws that pertain to that crossing.

Thus far in 2015, there have been two vehicle/train collisions in Idaho. In 2014, Idaho had 20 vehicle/train collisions resulting in one fatality along with two pedestrians who were killed while on train tracks.

Tips for crossing tracks safely:

- Always expect a train on any train track, at any time.

- Slow down as you approach all railroad crossings and be prepared to stop if necessary.

- Never drive around lowered gates - it's dangerous and illegal.

- Proceed through a crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear it without stopping.

- Trains can't stop quickly because of their size and weight.

- Don't stop on the tracks, it's illegal.

- If you suspect a signal is malfunctioning, call the number posted on or near the crossing signal, local law enforcement or Idaho State Police at *ISP (*477).

- If you find yourself in the path of a train, get out of the way, and if your vehicle is stuck, immediately get out of the vehicle and away from the tracks.

Newsroom Information Only
The "Trooper on a Train" enforcement operation will occur in Ada and Canyon counties on Thursday, March 26th between 7:30 am and 3:00 pm. Space is limited on the train, press personnel will be accommodated on a first come first serve basis. For additional information, or to arrange a ride along on the train, please contact:

Teresa Baker, Idaho State Police 208-884-7122
Travis Campbell, Idaho Operation Lifesaver 208-412-2481


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Monday, March 23, 2015

Idaho State Police Arrest Man After Foot Pursuit Through Boise Shopping Center Monday Morning

IDAHO STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE
Teresa Baker
Public Information Officer
Headquarters
700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642
(208) 884-7122
Fax (208) 884-7087

For Immediate Release: 3/23/14 at 6:41 p.m.


MERIDIAN - On Monday, March 23rd at about 6:23 a.m., an Idaho State Trooper attempted to stop a silver 2001 Volkswagen Beetle traveling on EB I-84 near the Broadway exit in Boise for a traffic violation. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Robert Steven VanHulle, 44 of Boise, failed to stop on I-84, took the Broadway exit off I-84, proceeded north on Broadway Ave. and then right onto Federal Way while maintaining the speed limit but with the trooper following with his emergency lights activated. VanHulle proceeded into the parking lot of a shopping center on the 3500 block of Federal Way before he stopped, abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot through the parking lot of the shopping center. The trooper pursued VanHulle on foot and was able to apprehend him. VanHulle resisted the trooper's attempts to place him under arrest until two citizens assisted the trooper in subduing the suspect until he was placed in handcuffs.

VanHulle was taken into custody without further incident and charged with Misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol (Second Offense), Misdemeanor Resisting and Obstructing Officers, Misdemeanor Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Peace Officer, Misdemeanor Driving Without Privileges, and Misdemeanor Failure to Use Ignition Interlock Device. VanHulle was booked into the Ada County Jail.


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Impaired Driving Patrols

The Idaho State Police District 2 participated with the Idaho Transportation Department and local law enforcement agencies with high-visibility education and impaired driving enforcement patrols between March 15th through March 22nd. Additional patrols were paid through federal grant funds to make District 2 highways and roadways safer. District 2 comprises of Latah, Nez Perce, Lewis, Clearwater and Idaho Counties. During this impaired driving enforcement period, District 2 ISP troopers made 10 DUI arrests and issued 95 citations for other hazardous moving violations. During the previous impaired driving mobilization, November 27th through January 4th, District 2 ISP troopers made 17 DUI arrests and issued 311 citations for other hazardous moving violations. The Idaho State Police is committed in keeping Idaho's highways safe for everyone to travel.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

**Update** Single vehicle crash NB I15 near Pocatello

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Idaho State Police
District 5 5205 South 5th Ave.
Pocatello, Idaho 83204-2299
(208) 236-6466 FAX: (208) 236-6068

For Immediate Release: 7:10 p.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office

***Final Update***

On Saturday, March 21, 2015, at 1:01 p.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a single vehicle fatality crash southbound Interstate 15 at milepost 67, near the S. 5th Avenue exit in Pocatello. Jay B. Hardy, 51, of Blackfoot, was traveling northbound on Interstate 15 in a 2014 Freightliner pulling a single trailer. Hardy's vehicle drifted off the left side of the roadway, through the median, and across the southbound lanes. Hardy's vehicle continued through the right-of-way fence into the lava rock, and came to rest on the right shoulder of southbound Interstate 15. Hardy was transported by ground ambulance to Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Hardy was wearing his seatbelt. Next of kin has been notified.

This crash in under investigation by Idaho State Police.


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***End of Update***

The Idaho State Police is investigating a single vehicle crash NB I15 at milepost 67, near Pocatello.
The crash is not blocking at this time. The crash is under investigation. An update will be issued when the information becomes available.

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