Citizens help Boise Police Dept track repeat DUI offender
Image by Ada County Sheriff's Office
Last night at 7:45 p.m. the Boise Police responded to a citizen's call of a possible driver under the influence. The citizen told dispatchers they were following a vehicle that ran over the median, was swerving between lanes, driving down the yellow line, and would not go at a stop sign. The citizen followed the suspect - later identified as Nicholas Ray Hiler - while on the phone with dispatchers, providing officers their location and a detailed description of the suspect's vehicle.
Officers caught up to Hiler on S. Maple Grove Road at W. Ottowa Drive. While speaking with him, officers noted he smelled of alcohol, his eyes were glassy and bloodshot, and his speech was slurred. Hiler failed field sobriety tests and was arrested and taken to the Ada County Jail.
Last night's DUI arrest was Hiler's third, making it a felony.
Hiler was last arrested and charged for DUI last week after his vehicle collided with another at S. Maple Grove Road and W. Overland Road. Although the crash was minor, witnesses told officers Hiler failed to stop to exchange information with the other involved driver. The victim followed Hiler and called 911 telling dispatchers what had just happened.
Witnesses also told officers that Hiler had two young children in the car with him at the time of the collision.
Officers soon caught up with Hiler and, after investigating, arrested him on misdemeanor DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and two counts of injury to a child.
Hiler has a previous DUI conviction in May 2009 after an arrest by Boise Police in July the previous year.
(Photo courtesy Ada County Sherrif's Office)