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Names released in aggravated DUI case in Ammon


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Jose Farias-Maldonado

AMMON — Officials from the Bonneville County Sheriff’s office have released the names of drivers involved in a DUI accident on Saturday.

Police reports show at about 2:30 p.m. Jose Farias-Maldonado, 35, of Idaho Falls was driving his Dodge Caravan on 45th East when he failed to yield a stop sign at the intersection of 65th South. He was struck by a Volkswagon Passat driven by 43-year-old Michelle Johnson of Idaho Falls. Johnson also had a 5-year-old passenger in the car.

Both drivers were transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center with serious injuries on Saturday. The 5-year-old was uninjured.

Deputies found evidence of alcohol use in Farias-Maldonado’s vehicle and indications that he was impaired. Farius-Maldonaldo was treated at EIRMC and taken to the Bonneville County Jail.

While at the jail Farius-Maldonaldo was given a breath test which indicated a .15 and .16 BAC, almost twice the legal limit.

Farias-Maldonado was charged with felony aggravated DUI after containers of alcohol were found in his vehicle. He was also given two infractions for allegedly failing to yield and failing to purchase a driver’s license.

Courtesy Tom Warner

Courtesy Tom Warner

Courtesy Tom Warner