Do you want to know why the Treasure Valley is so great? Do you want to know why all those people from California are moving here? It's a question easily answered by Canyon County Sheriff's Captain Dana Maxfield:
"We don't have a reckless driving call turn into a hit and run turn into pursuit and babies falling out of cars," Maxfield told the Idaho Press-Tribune. "We don't have this kind of stuff happen."
Except that we do. Carolynn Boots, 43, is in county lockup after taking her 1-year-old granddaughter on a wild ride that ended with the child getting tossed onto the ground. Deputies had reportedly pulled Boots over on September 5 suspicion of 1) having been spotted driving with a baby on her lap by a fellow motorist, and 2) getting into a hit-and-run accident on Highway 44 near Middleton. When they reached for her keys, she pulled a quick U-turn and sped away, sending her granddaughter hurtling out of the open passenger side door.
Officers found the baby on the ground and gave her CPR when she was unresponsive, but she was alert and responsive when paramedics arrived. Boots stopped not to far down the road, and had to be brought down by a taser's kiss when she fought with deputies. Boots faces charges of felony injury to a child, resisting arrest and leaving the scene, though more charges could be forthcoming.