Friday, May 27, 2016

Injury crash on I-86

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Idaho State Police
District 5 5205 South 5th Ave.
Pocatello, Idaho 83204-2299
(208) 236-6466 FAX: (208) 236-6068

For Immediate Release: Friday May 27, 2016 08:55 a.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office

On Friday, May 27, 2016, at approximately 4:15 a.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a three-vehicle, injury crash on I-86 near milepost 50.5, between American Falls and Pocatello.

Justin Line, 18, of Pocatello, was driving eastbound in a 2007 Honda Civic. The Honda went into the median where he overcorrected and the vehicle rolled, coming to rest on its roof partly in the left lane of travel. Line was able to exit the vehicle.

Daniel Riley, 32, of Beaverton, Oregon, was driving eastbound in a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse. Riley parked on the right shoulder with flashers on and got out to assist Line.

Kaichiari Evans, 26, of Columbia, South Carolina, was driving eastbound in a 1999 Infiniti 4S I30. The Infiniti struck the Honda Civic, crossed the lanes and struck the unoccupied Chevrolet. The Honda came to rest in the median, the Infiniti and Chevrolet on the right shoulder.

Evans was transported to Portneuf Regional Medical Center in Pocatello. Evans and Line were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crashes.

The lanes were partly blocked for approximately 45 minutes while the tows removed the vehicles.

The crashes are under investigation by the Idaho State Police.


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Injury Crash on I-15 near Blackfoot

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District 5 5205 South 5th Ave.

Pocatello, Idaho 83204-2299

(208) 236-6466 FAX: (208) 236-6068


For Immediate Release: 05/27/16 01:45 a.m.

Please direct questions to the District Office


On Thursday, May 26, 2016, at approximately 11:50 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a two vehicle injury accident northbound I-15 near mile marker 92.

Logan Barnett, 23, of Idaho Falls, ID was travelling northbound on I-15 in a Chevy Silverado in the left lane of travel. Barnett was attempting to pass a 2007 Kenworth Semi, driven by Aleka Leausa, 64, of Kearns, UT, when he failed to maintain his lane. Barnett struck the semi multiple times and came to rest in the left lane of travel.

Barnett and his passenger, Chelsea Acuna, 23, of Pocatello, ID were transported to Bingham Memorial hospital in Blackfoot via ground ambulance. Barnett and his passenger were not wearing a seatbelt. The left lane of travel was blocked for approximately one and a half hours. Alcohol is a factor in this crash.

This crash is currently under investigation by the Idaho State Police.


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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Correction- Injury Crash near Richfield Sends One to the Hospital

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District 4 Patrol 218 West Yakima, Jerome, ID 83338-5904 (208) 324-6000
Fax (208) 324-7897

For Immediate Release: 05/26/16 5:15 p.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office

On May 25, 2016, at approximately 9:32 p.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a two vehicle injury crash at 1000 E 720 North, near Richfield. Teodosio Salazar Ucharima, 46, of Peru, was driving a Case Tractor with a farm implement attached westbound on 720 North. John Jasso, 55, of Richfield, was driving a 1980 Harley Davison motorcycle westbound on 720 North. Jasso hit the back of the farm implement. Jasso was ejected from the motorcycle onto the implement and then landed on the road. Ucharima heard and felt the crash, stopped and saw the motorcycle then drove approximately 100 yards west to notify authorities. Jasso was flown by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise.

Jasso was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. This crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.

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Injury Crash near Richfield Send One to the Hospital

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District 4 Patrol 218 West Yakima, Jerome, ID 83338-5904 (208) 324-6000
Fax (208) 324-7897

For Immediate Release: 05/26/16 5:15 p.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office

On May 26, 2016, at approximately 9:32 p.m., the Idaho State Police investigated a two vehicle injury crash at 1000 E 720 North, near Richfield. Teodosio Salazar Ucharima, 46, of Peru, was driving a Case Tractor with a farm implement attached westbound on 720 North. John Jasso, 55, of Richfield, was driving a 1980 Harley Davison motorcycle westbound on 720 North. Jasso hit the back of the farm implement. Jasso was ejected from the motorcycle onto the implement and then landed on the road. Ucharima heard and felt the crash, stopped and saw the motorcycle then drove approximately 100 yards west to notify authorities. Jasso was flown by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Medical Center in Boise.

Jasso was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. This crash is under investigation by the Idaho State Police.

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Treasure Valley Law Enforcement Unites to Stop Impaired Driving and to Remember the Victims

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Teresa Baker
Public Information Officer
Headquarters
700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642
(208) 884-7122
Fax (208) 884-7087

For Immediate Release: 5/25/16 at 2:00 p.m.


MERIDIAN - Memorial Day marks the beginning of long days filled with sunshine, barbeques and activities with family and friends, however for far too many it also means that loved ones are lost in vehicle crashes. Memorial Day through Labor Day is known as the "100 Deadliest Days" on Idaho's roads and historically it is the time of year when there are more deaths and serious injuries due to dangerous driving behaviors.

Idaho State Police along with the Idaho Transportation Department's Office of Highway Safety and other Treasure Valley law enforcement, including the Boise, Caldwell, Meridian and Nampa Police Departments, are partnering during an emphasis patrol this weekend to stop impaired driving, one of the most deadly and preventable causes of crashes.

"Alcohol and driving is always a bad mix. Last Memorial Day weekend there were 9 crashes in Idaho where alcohol or drugs involved," said Idaho State Police Sergeant Jason Cagle. "Every day, nearly 30 people in the U.S. die in a motor-vehicle crash involving an alcohol-impaired driver.
Please designate a driver before anybody in your party drinks so that everyone makes it home."

Many of the officers and troopers who will be on patrol in the Treasure Valley this weekend will begin the weekend by remembering victims of impaired driving during the Idaho Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Annual "Forget Me Not Memorial Ceremony" on Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. at the Cloverdale Funeral Home in Boise.

"Law enforcement appreciates the efforts of Idaho MADD in partnering with us at every level to reduce impaired driving deaths and injuries on our roads," said Sgt. Cagle. "We appreciate the MADD volunteers who remember the victims as we do. They are especially supportive of the families impacted by impaired driving by losing a loved one or having a loved one seriously injured by a driver who, simply, should not have been behind the wheel."

Law enforcement will also continue to work as one team throughout the summer with goal to reduce deadly crashes caused by other dangerous driving behaviors including distracted drivers, aggressive drivers, speed, as well as, seatbelts enforcement. The Idaho Department of Transportation's Office of Highway Safety is providing grant funds that will allow law enforcement agencies to pay for extra patrols dedicated to traffic law enforcement.

You can easily avoid a becoming a DUI statistic but you must PLAN AHEAD.

- PLAN not drink and drive before you start drinking. Alcohol impairs a person's ability to determine if they should drive. You can't count on making the right decision after you've consumed alcohol!

- Designate a sober driver and give that person your keys.

- Plan to call a taxi, a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.

- Offer non-alcoholic beverages when entertaining.

- Promptly report drunk drivers to 9-1-1 or *ISP (*477) on your mobile phone.

- Wear your seat belt. This is the best defense against an impaired driver.

- Friends don't let friends drive drunk or impaired. If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their car keys and make
other safe travel arrangements to get them home, or offer a spare bedroom or sofa to "sleep it off."

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

"No Refusal Weekend" Impaired Driving Emphasis Patrol Dedicated to the Memory of Lewiston Teen Russell Raschka

Russell Raschka
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Teresa Baker
Public Information Officer
Headquarters
700 S. Stratford Dr., Meridian 83642
(208) 884-7122
Fax (208) 884-7087

LEWISTON - Memorial Day marks the beginning of long days filled with sunshine, barbeques and activities with family and friends, however for far too many it also means that loved ones are lost in motor vehicle crashes. Memorial Day through Labor Day is known as the "100 Deadliest Days" on Idaho's roads and historically it is the time of year when there are more deaths and serious injuries due to dangerous driving behaviors.

Idaho State Police along with local law enforcement and prosecuting attorneys' offices in Latah, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis and Idaho counties and the Idaho Transportation Department are partnering to stop impaired driving, one of the most deadly and preventable causes of crashes with "No Refusal Weekend," an impaired driving emphasis patrol.

During the Memorial Day weekend if any driver suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs refuses to provide an evidentiary sample, law enforcement and the prosecutor offices will seek a search warrant to obtain an evidentiary sample.

"This is the first time that law enforcement in north central Idaho has held a 'No Refusal' emphasis patrol," said Idaho State Police Sergeant Rich Adamson. "We are dedicating this event to the memory of Russell Raschka, a Lewiston teen who tragically lost his life last year at the hands of an impaired driver. Raschka's death has taken a toll on this community and we want to remind anyone who might think about getting behind the wheel after drinking that real lives are at stake, and that it is just not worth the risk of killing someone else or yourself."

Raschka was killed in April 2015 when the vehicle he was a passenger in was struck by an impaired driver. Jordan Fuller, 26 of Lewiston, pleaded guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter in February of this year. She is currently serving an 8 year prison sentence with 2 years fixed.

"Our family has suffered a tragedy. We support the efforts of law enforcement in getting drunk drivers off of our roads so that no other family has to endure what we have this past year," said a Raschka family spokesperson.

The agencies participating in the "No Refusal Weekend" include the following:

Orofino Police Department
Clearwater County Sheriff's Office
Clearwater County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Grangeville Police Department
Kamiah Marshal's Office
Idaho County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Moscow Police Department
Latah County Sheriff's Office
Latah County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Lewis County Sheriff's Office
Lewis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office
Nez Perce County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Idaho State Police

Law enforcement will continue to work as one team throughout the summer with goal to reduce deadly crashes caused by dangerous driving behaviors including distracted drivers, aggressive drivers, speed, as well as, seatbelts enforcement. The Idaho Department of Transportation's Office of Highway Safety is providing grant funds that will allow law enforcement agencies to pay for extra patrols dedicated to traffic law enforcement.

You can easily avoid a becoming a DUI statistic but you must PLAN AHEAD.

- PLAN not drink and drive before you start drinking. Alcohol impairs a person's ability to determine if they should drive. You can't count on making the right decision after you've consumed alcohol!

- Designate a sober driver and give that person your keys.

- Plan to call a taxi, a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.

- Offer non-alcoholic beverages when entertaining.

- Promptly report drunk drivers to 9-1-1 or *ISP (*477) on your mobile phone.

- Wear your seat belt. This is the best defense against an impaired driver.

- Friends don't let friends drive drunk or impaired. If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their car keys and make other safe travel arrangements to get them home, or offer a spare bedroom or sofa to "sleep it off."

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Rollover crash near Wendell injures driver.

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District 4 Patrol 218 West Yakima, Jerome, ID 83338-5904 (208) 324-6000
Fax (208) 324-7897

For Immediate Release: 5/25/16 - 1:15 a.m.
Please direct questions to the District Office

On Tuesday, May 24th, 2015 at approximately 10:23 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a one-vehicle, rollover crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 159, just east of Wendell.

Ross Poole, age 25, of Claremont, California, was driving westbound on Interstate 84 in a 2005 Hyundai Tiburon. Poole drove off the road into the median where his vehicle rolled, coming to rest on its driver's side. Poole was wearing a seatbelt.

Poole was transported by ground ambulance to St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls.

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