Saturday, April 30, 2011

Drunk driver in Parma crashes into police and parked cars causing injuries

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

For Immediate Release: 04/30/2011 at 8:40 am
Contact: Corporal Hedges

On Saturday, April 30, at 2:30 am, Idaho State Police investigated an officer involved multiple vehicle crash with injuries on US Highway 95 milepost 47 at the intersection N. 6th Street and E. Grove Avenue (US 95), in Parma.

Parma Police Officer Christopher Cullen, 42 of Parma, was driving his patrol vehicle with a K9 and a Reserve Officer as passengers northbound on E. Grove Avenue, while Thomas Pierce, 25 of Parma, was heading southbound in that area drifted across the center turn lane and into the north bound lane. Officer Cullen swerved onto the sidewalk in a failed attempt to avoid collision as Pierce side swiped the patrol vehicle. Pierce continued driving into the yard of a residence at that intersection where he narrowly missed the house and came to rest after striking two vehicles parked next to that residence on 6th Street.

Officer Cullen and the Reserve Officer were transported by Parma Police to West Valley Medical Center in Caldwell where Pierce was also transported by ground ambulance. The Parma Police K9 required extradition from Officer Cullen's vehicle but sustained no injuries. All three subjects were treated and release, at which time Pierce was arrested by Corporal Hedges and booked into Canyon County Jail for Felony DUI, Driving Without Privileges, and Fail To Maintain Insurance.

Corporal Hedges was assisted by Troopers Sharp, West and Hurley, the Parma Police Department and medical personnel as well as Canyon County Deputies and Paramedics.