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Rexburg officer sees familiar face, makes arrest for failure to appear

Crime Watch

REXBURG — A man with an active felony bench warrant was arrested on multiple charges Saturday after an officer spotted him driving.

The Rexburg Police officer was on patrol Saturday when he noticed Michael K. Gifford, 57, in a car near a Motel 6. The officer had arrested Gifford before and knew he had an active warrant for failing to appear for a felony sentencing on Feb. 25.

Rexburg Police Chief Shane Turman tells the officer pulled Gifford over to arrest him on the warrant. The officer searched the car and allegedly found methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and an open container of alcohol. Gifford also had a suspended driver’s license.

Gifford was transported to the Madison County Jail and booked on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia, misdemeanor transporting liquor in an open container and misdemeanor driving without privileges. Because Gifford was also arrested on the felony bench warrant issued by District Judge Jon J. Shindurling, Gifford is being held without bail.

Gifford is expected to appear in court Monday afternoon for the charges he was arrested for on Saturday.

He will also be sentenced at a later date for felony possession of a controlled substance, for which he failed to appear in February.

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