Man booked for felony DUI after 4 are rushed to hospital following crash


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REXBURG — Four people were rushed to the hospital and a man was booked on a felony aggravated DUI charge after a crash Monday night.

Police were called to 75 North 2nd East around 8:50 p.m. when the driver of a 2008 Saturn Vue slammed into a light pole.

Three men and a woman were inside the vehicle and police had to extricate at least one of the passengers.

“Officers gave CPR to one of the people and everyone inside was taken to Madison Memorial Hospital,” Rexburg Police Capt. Randy Lewis tells “From there, two of the passengers were transported to EIRMC in critical condition.”

Lewis says the driver was traveling northbound on 2nd East from Main Street and “made a straight shot across oncoming traffic lanes before hitting the power pole.”

The driver of the vehicle, 21-year-old Alec Burnside of Rexburg, was released from Madison Memorial and taken into custody for felony aggravated DUI and misdemeanor reckless driving.

Jessica Renee Henager, 31, remains at Madison Memorial Hospital in stable condition.

Richard Lee Farris, 25, and William Lee Schmidt, 36, were both taken to EIRMC. As of Tuesday afternoon, Farris is listed as in critical condition and Schmidt is listed as in serious condition.

Alec Burnside