Two Arrested Charged with Driving Under the Influence and Discharging a Firearm
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Two Arrested Charged with Driving Under the Influence and Discharging a Firearm


Idaho State Police arrested two men Tuesday after citizen reports of erratic driving and shots being fired from a vehicle on Interstate 84.


Arrested: Cornelius X. Hobbs, 28, Braxton, MS

Charged: Discharge of a Firearm (m)

         Possession of an open container of alcohol - infraction


Arrested: Desmond L. Smith, 21, Mendenhall, MS

Charged: Driving under the influence - excessive (m)

         Carrying a concealed weapon while under the influence (m)

         Possession of drug paraphernalia (m)

         Possession of an open container of alcohol (m)

         Driving without privileges (m)


Beginning shortly before 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, Idaho State Police dispatchers began receiving multiple calls from motorists about an erratic driver on westbound Interstate 84 near Eagle Road. Citizens reported the driver of a black Nissan Versa was not maintaining its lane and changing multiple lanes at once. One citizen reported the suspect vehicle had driven off the interstate at Eagle Road but then drove through the dirt between the off-ramp and the freeway to get back on the interstate. Another motorist reported the driver, then eastbound, hit the concrete median damaging the vehicle but was continuing on the roadway.

A short time later, a motorist called ISP dispatch reporting seeing someone inside a vehicle matching the same description on I-84 holding a gun outside the window. The witness reported several shots were fired from the handgun.

Idaho State Police troopers and officers from local agencies were searching for the suspect vehicle. At approximately 3:20 p.m., a Meridian Police officer located the suspect vehicle just north of I-84 near S. Main Street and E. Corporate Drive in Meridian. During the investigation, Troopers arrested the driver of the vehicle, identified as Smith, and a passenger, identified as Hobbs. Both were booked into the Ada County jail on the above charges.

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