Friday, October 23, 2009

Idaho State Police Motor Officers Injured

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Region 3 Patrol 700 S. Stratford, Meridian 83642
(208) 846-7550
Fax (208) 846-7520

For Immediate Release: 10/23/09 10:10 hrs
Contact: Capt. Steve Richardson

Yesterday (Thursday October 22, 2009), at approximately 3:40 p.m., ISP Motor officers Sgt. Chris Duggan and Cpl. Jon Vance were struck and injured while in the median on Interstate 84 at milepost 58, near Micron. The officers were performing stationary patrol in the median when a westbound 2005 Chevrolet Colorado pickup driven by David Paul Turnovec, 29 years old of Buhl, Idaho, left the road and struck the officers and their motorcycles.

Both officers were transported to St. Alphonsus Hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. Cpl. Vance was treated and released last evening, while Sgt. Duggan was held overnight for treatment and observation. Sgt. Duggan's injuries include a broken leg. Sgt. Duggan has served 19 years with the Idaho State Police and Cpl. Vance has served 6 years.

Turnovec was uninjured and has been charged with two counts of Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer and one count of Use of a Deadly Weapon during the Commission of a Felony. He is currently being held at the Ada Co. Jail. The investigation is ongoing by ISP detectives and patrol officers, with assistance from allied agencies. At this point, all indications are that the actions by Turnovec were intentional and that he acted alone.

Capt. Steve Richardson

If media representatives desire an on-camera interview with an ISP representative and an opportunity to ask additional questions, they can be at ISP Headquarters (west side, in the parking area), 700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian, at 11:00 this morning.