Man fleeing police hurt in Meridian wreck

MERIDIAN -- A 32-year-old man was hospitalized after police say he ran from the scene of a crash Tuesday night.

The incident began in Boise just before 10:30 p.m.

Police say Boise Police officers were investigating a vandalism case when the man - later identified as Joseph Esposito - pulled up in a dark green pickup. Officers attempted to stop the Esposito in order to question him about the vandalism, but he sped away, police said.

An Ada County Sheriff's Office deputy reported spotting the pickup running a red light at  Eagle Road and Fairview Avenue. A short time later, a Meridian Police officer saw the driver run another red light at Cherry Lane and Meridian Road and slam into a white Kia.

The suspect's truck rolled, hitting a buffalo statue at a nearby business and coming to rest on its roof. 

Meridian Police Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea said Esposito climbed out the back window of his overturned pickup and ran away, making his way to a home in the 1500 block of North Crestmont Drive. The suspect does not live at that house, and did not know the occupants, according to police.

Police say a resident of the home heard a noise coming from the backyard, and went outside with a flashlight to find Esposito hiding near a shed. Officers took the man  into custody and transported him to a local hospital for treatment of injuries he suffered during the rollover. 

Basterrechea said Esposito's injuries are not life-threatening. The driver of the Kia that was struck in the crash wasn't seriously hurt. 

Esposito will face charges including resisting and obstructing, leaving the scene of an accident, driving without privileges, malicious injury to property, unlawful entry and DUI, Basterrechea said. The suspect is believed to have been under the influence of drugs at the time of the wreck.

In addition, Boise Police are investigating whether Esposito was responsible for the vandalism in the initial investigation, and more charges may be pending. 

Basterrechea said the buffalo statue Esposito hit was broken in the crash, but luckily "no real buffalo were injured in this police action."


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