June 22, 2010 in City

Police: Wrong-way driver arrested with meth

By The Spokesman-Review

A wrong-way driver was arrested Monday after a sheriff’s deputy drove off the road to avoid a head-on collision.

The suspect, Joseph W. Boyce, was arrested in April on suspicion of a drug-related robbery but released from jail after no charges were filed. He and Jumah A. Robinson, 32, were accused of stealing a woman’s backpack and purse and gunpoint before their car ran out of gas near the Splash Down Water Park by Interstate 90.

Neither has been charged in the case, but Boyce, 26, is back in jail after a sheriff’s deputy saw him driving the wrong way in the 11100 block of McFarland Road Monday, according to news release.

The deputy then pursed Boyce south on Hayford. An Airway Heights police officer helped remove Boyce from the truck, and the deputy used a Taser after he struggled while on the ground, according to police.

Boyce spat out a glob of white substance in the squad car that was determined to be methamphetamine, police said.

Boyce was taken to a hospital after medics found needle marks on his arms, then booked into jail. He was due in Superior Court today on charges of attempting to elude police. He also faces misdemeanor charges of obstructing a police investigation and resisting arrest.

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