Police arrest man accused of plowing through Gowen Field fence
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Boise Police have arrested a man in connection to a five-hour manhunt that happened near Gowen Field in Boise Sunday afternoon.
Police found 30-year-old Andrew Garza hiding in some bushes up against the fence of the Idaho Humane Society shortly after 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Five hours earlier, offiers say Garza fled two traffic stops, tried to ram a police car, and then drove his truck through a fence at Gowen Field military base.
Several agencies, including Boise Police, the Idaho National Guard and Boise Airport Operations spent the afternoon in triple digit heat searching for Garza, who they considered desperate and dangerous.
The search was focused near West Orchard Street and South Dorman Street on the west side of Gowen Field.
"A lot of credit goes to the officers who realized the importance of setting up a secure perimeter to contain the suspect, and that's just where he was found," Boise Police Department Captain Eugene Smith said.
Garza, who is from Surprise, Arizona, is being charged with felony charges of aggravated assault, eluding officers and malicious injury to property.
Officers say Garza had been just been released from prison in Arizona 21 days ago. He reportedly was serving time there for a weapons charge.
Police K9's, Boise Fire and Ada County Paramedics also assisted in the search and in helping officers stay hydrated Sunday afternoon.
Nobody was hurt during the pursuit.