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Driver life-flighted after pursuit ends in crash

MADISON COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI/KIKDK) - UPDATE: Teton County Sheriff Tony Liford observed a white Dodge pickup driving erratically near Main St. and Wallace Ave., Driggs Tuesday morning around 5:22 a.m.

Sheriff Liford believed the driver may have been driving under the influence based on the driving pattern and attempted to stop the vehicle.

The vehicle continued southbound on Main St. in Driggs before leaving the roadway and performing a U-turn, heading northbound back through Driggs and continuing on Highway 33 at high speeds and driving recklessly.

Additional Sheriff’s Office deputies joined in the pursuit and continued following the vehicle into Madison
County Idaho.

At approximately mile marker 111 on Highway 33, the vehicle lost control and left the roadway entering a field and rolled.

An air ambulance unit was dispatched to the scene and airlifted the sole occupant, a 38-year-old female resident of Driggs, to EIRMC.

It was discovered while investigating the scene that the driver sustained a self-inflicted laceration to her throat. The driver’s pet dog was discovered in the vehicle and that it was deceased from a knife wound to its throat.

The name of the driver is not being released at this time.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho State Police, Madison Fire
Department and Idaho Lifeflight for their assistance in this incident.

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The Teton County Sheriff’s Office contacted Madison County to request assistance in pursuit of a vehicle headed into Madison County Tuesday around 5:39 a.m.

Madison County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched, and while deputies were in route, the vehicle crashed at approximately 5:49 a.m. at milepost 111 East of Newdale.

The driver was transported via Lifeflight for medical care. The driver's identity has been omitted as new details about the incident were released.

Idaho State Police is investigating the crash.


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