Police: Boise woman leads officers on high speed chase

Police: Boise woman leads officers on high speed chase
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Deputies used spike strips to stop a car that lead them on a high speed chase in both directions of Highway 44 Friday night, the Ada County Sheriff's Office said.

Officials said the chase started at around 7:30 pm Friday when an Eagle police officer saw a white BMW driving erratically on Old State street.

When the officer turned on his patrol lights to pull over the BMW, the driver sped off and turned east onto Highway 44 towards Boise.

The sheriff's office said the driver, later identified as Heidi Laursen, 46 of Eagle, broke speeds of 100 miles-per-hour on the highway. Officials called off the pursuit because it posed a risk to other drivers.

Minutes later, deputies said they saw Laursen driving back towards Eagle westbound on Highway 44. When they tried to pull the car over again, Laursen refused to stop.

A Star police officer used a spike strip at the intersection of Highway 44 and Eagle Road. Laursen lost control and crashed head-on into an SUV that was stopped at the intersection.

A witness who was traveling in a car nearby tells KBOI 2News that deputies then rushed the car with guns drawn.

The sheriff's office said Laursen was taken to the hospital for a minor injury before being booked at the Ida County Jail for driving under the influence and a felony charge of eluding/fleeing police.

The two people in the SUV were not hurt, according to the sheriff's office.

After the crash the witness said one deputy broke the passenger side window while other deputies pulled the driver from the car and put her in a police cruiser.

Officers from Garden City and Boise also assisted in the incident.