BOISE — Two people have been arrested in connection with a Wednesday traffic stop during which a Boise police officer received minor injuries.
Officers were in the midst of an investigation just before 10:15 p.m. Wednesday when they stopped a car near the intersection of Fairview Avenue and Cole Road, according to a news release from the Boise Police Department. Inside the vehicle, they found Robert Cockerell, 31, of Meridian, at the wheel, with Michael Chapman, 32, of Caldwell, in the passenger seat.
During the traffic stop, Cockerell opened the door and fled, according to police. At the same time, Chapman slid from the passenger seat into the driver’s seat, despite an officer reaching through the passenger window in an attempt to stop him, according to police.
As Chapman accelerated, the officer was dragged a short distance by the car before being thrown to the ground, according to the release. She was taken to the hospital for significant bruising and likely will spend days or weeks recovering.
Meanwhile, officers found the vehicle, crashed into a tree and abandoned, in the 1800 block of Cole Road. Officers searched the area and found Cockerell — the original driver — nearby. He had a gun police believe was stolen. He was booked into the Ada County Jail Wednesday night on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, as well as grand theft.
Police caught up with Chapman about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. They found him in a parking lot in the 8000 block of West Overland Road, according to the release. As they arrived, he fled across the parking lot, according to police. As he ran, he allegedly tried to hide a baggie — which police believe contained heroin — near another vehicle in the parking lot, according to police.
He was booked into the jail Thursday night on suspicion of grand theft, attempting to flee or elude a police officer in a motor vehicle, and assault on a police officer.
Cockerell is next scheduled to appear in court June 10.