Idaho: Boozing blamed for driver that ran cop off the road, hit 2 parked cars


A driver that police charged with driving while intoxicated left plenty of evidence on early on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 2:30 am.  Idaho State Police report that a police officer was involved in a 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 extrication 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.