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Deputies say man blew three times the legal limit after reported crash

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Chase Furniss | Bonneville County Jail

AMMON — Deputies arrested an Idaho Falls man after a reported DUI hit-and-run crash in Ammon Monday night.

Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the crash at 1st Street and Ammon Road around 7 p.m., according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. A man said his vehicle was hit by a green Chevy pickup. The witness, who was uninjured in the crash, followed the Chevy and called the authorities.

Deputies spotted the pickup at the Maverick gas station at Lincoln and Ammon Road, where they identified the driver as 25-year-old Chase L. Furniss.

Deputies reported obvious signs of impairment, leading them to perform field sobriety tests and administer a breathalyzer test. According to the news release, Furniss blew three times the legal limit of .08 BAC. Deputies also found Furniss had two previous DUI convictions, including one for an excessive DUI.

Furniss was arrested and booked into the Bonneville County Jail for excessive DUI. He was also cited for misdemeanor leaving the scene of a crash.

He is expected to make his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

“The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office responds to reports of possible intoxicated drivers every day,” the Sheriff’s Office said in their news release. “Our deputies would like to remind the public to call their local law enforcement dispatch when they suspect someone is too impaired to be driving and to be a good witness.”

Deputies also remind people to not get behind the wheel of any vehicle when drinking or using drugs.

“It’s a choice that could save your life and others,” the news release reads.

Although Furniss is accused of a crime, it does not necessarily mean he committed it. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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