Deputies seek driver who hit jogger on 8th Street Extension late Friday night

A man jogging on the 8th Street Extension was badly injured late Friday night after he was hit by a car and then got into a fight when he confronted the driver.

Deputies began their investigation just before midnight when dispatchers got a 911 call about a man lying on the dirt road. Paramedics arrived and took the man to a local hospital for treatment for what appear to be non life-threatening injuries.

The man told deputies he was running on the northbound lane of 8th Street, about a mile up the road where it turns from pavement to dirt, just after 11:30 p.m. Friday when a small tan car sideswiped  into him.

The jogger told deputies he then got into an argument with the driver, who was out of the car. The jogger said he tried to use pepper spray he was carrying with him on the driver but that didn’t work because  it was too windy. A fight ensued. The jogger said the man choked him, left him on the side of the road, and drove away.

The driver is described as being between 18 and 25 years old, about 5-feet, 7-inches tall, and 175 pounds. He was wearing jeans and a white T-shirt. The car is described as a tan. late ’90s model passenger car, possibly a Honda. The car did not have a rear license plate.

Anyone with information should call Ada County dispatch at 377-6790 or send an email to cau@adaweb.net

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