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Man arrested for DUI, leaving the scene of a crash

Cory E. Wardle
Cory E. Wardle

BONNEVILLE COUNTY, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - A 60-year-old Idaho Falls was arrested for felony driving under the influence and eluding an officer in a motor vehicle, as well as misdemeanor resisting and obstructing and leaving the scene of an accident. 

On September 2 just after 10:00 p.m., Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputies and Idaho Falls Fire were dispatched to an injury crash at the intersection of N. Yellowstone and 25th E. 

As the first deputy was arriving on the scene, he observed a blue pickup involved in the crash driving away. 

The deputy attempted to stop the pickup as it proceeded south on 25th E. and drove into the oncoming lane of traffic. 

The pickup reached speeds up to 57 mph before turning into a neighborhood near 1st Street and coming to a stop in a cul-de-sac. 

The deputy saw the driver exit the vehicle and try to run away holding a beer in one hand. 

The deputy quickly caught up to the man, and after a brief struggle was able to get him handcuffed and secured. 

The man was identified as 60-year-old Cory E. Wardle of Idaho Falls.

Deputies at the crash scene found Wardle had rear-ended a vehicle stopped at the light. Witnesses said Wardle’s vehicle backed up and then rear-ended the vehicle a second time. 

After that, witnesses told Deputies they had brief contact with Wardle who appeared to be intoxicated. 

The occupants of the other vehicle involved, two adults and one juvenile, reported bumps and bruises but sought medical treatment on their own after clearing the scene. 

Deputies transported Wardle to Idaho Falls Community Hospital to be checked for injuries as well as a blood draw to determine his level of intoxication. 

Deputies found Wardle’s criminal history contained three prior felony DUI convictions within the past two years in both Bingham and Bonneville County. 

After being cleared at the hospital, Wardle was transported to the Bonneville County Jail.

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