Deputies arrested two Coeur d’Alene teens Monday after they intentionally had hit a third youth with the door of a pickup truck, according to Kootenai County sheriff’s officials.
Thomas Boyer, 16, was hospitalized with bruises, lacerations and possible internal injuries after he had been smacked from behind with the truck door.
Boyer was walking north along Davenport Street about 1:40 p.m. Monday when he was hit, according to a sheriff’s report.
The 16-year-old driver of the truck turned himself in to Kootenai County sheriff’s officials later in the day. His name has not been released because he is a juvenile.
The driver told investigators that he and Boyer do not get along at school. He told police that Boyer always was calling him names and trying to pick fights with him, sheriff’s Capt. Ben Wolfinger said.
The 16-year-old boy and a friend were driving in a pickup truck along Davenport and spotted Boyer.
The truck driver told the passenger to open the door and “tag” Boyer with it, Wolfinger said. The youth said he was going between 5 mph and 10 mph when he hit Boyer.
“I was just thinking: I hope that he doesn’t try anything again with me now,” the driver told sheriff’s officials. “I’m sick of him and his attitude toward me.”
Boyer was thrown to the ground. The next thing he remembers was waking up in the hospital, according to the sheriff’s report. He was treated and released.
The other two youths were arrested on suspicion of aggravated battery, Wolfinger said.