Sunday, January 31, 2010

Pursuit of Wrong Way Driver Ends in Crash

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Idaho State Police
Region 6 1540 Foote Dr.
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402-1828
(208) 525-7377 FAX: (208) 525-7294

For Immediate Release: 01/31/2010 05:30 am
Contact: Trooper Elverud

On January 31, 2010 at 2:14 am, Idaho State Police engaged in a pursuit of a wrong way driver on I15 in the Idaho Falls area. Corporal Murdock and Corporal Elverud were on a traffic stop westbound on Sunnyside Road in front of the Teton Toyota when a 1987 Honda Accord, which did not have the headlights turned on, swerved at the officers at a high rate of speed. Cpl. Elverud initiated a traffic stop where the driver, Karl W Buoy, age 40 of Renton, WA, failed to yield. Buoy entered onto I15 at the mile marker 116, the Sunnyside Exit, driving southbound in the northbound lanes still without turning on the vehicle's headlights. Officers engaged in pursuit of the vehicle in an attempt to get ahead and warn other motorists.

Buoy exited the interstate on the northbound off ramp at mile marker 113, near Dad's Truck Stop, where he crashed his Honda into an embankment. Buoy, who was not injured in the crash, was taken into custody and transported to the Bonneville County Jail. He is being charged with felony eluding, felony aggravated assault, driving under the influence, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

This incident is still under investigation by the Idaho State Police.