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Woman sent to prison for running from fiery DUI crash

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REXBURG — An Idaho Falls woman has been sent to prison for running from a fiery DUI crash in Madison County.

Brittany Bedolla, 24, was ordered to spend between three and a half to nine and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to felony leaving the scene of a crash and felony aggravated DUI. District Judge Steven Boyce handed down the sentence on July 6.

Bedolla had previously pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement in exchange for prosecutors dropping a second felony DUI charge and misdemeanor charges of driving without a license and resisting arrest.

The crash happened on Aug. 29, when Madison County Sheriff’s deputies say Bedolla ran a stop sign with a Chevy Trailblazer and T-boned a Chevy Silverado pulling a boat on 600 East. The crash left both vehicles heavily damaged, and the Trailblazer burst into flames.

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Bedolla and her passenger jumped out of the SUV and ran away from the crash, according to deputies. Hours after the crash, the pair were found hiding in a field about a half-mile from the crash site.

Lab testing on Bedolla’s blood by the Idaho State Police indicates at the time of the crash, she had amphetamines, methamphetamine and THC, the psychoactive element of marijuana, in her system at the time of the crash.

Court records show just two days before the DUI crash, Bonneville County Magistrate Judge Kent Gauchay placed Bedolla on misdemeanor probation for a DUI charge stemming from January 2020.

In addition to time in prison, court records show Bedolla was also ordered to pay $1,000 in fines. Boyce also suspended her driver’s license for a year after her release from prison.

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August 2020 crash in Archer. | Courtesy Melissa Bade

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August 2020 crash in Archer. | Courtesy Melissa Bade