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Man sentenced after crashing into a house while drunk

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IDAHO FALLS — A Bonneville County man pleaded guilty to a DUI that resulted in him crashing into a family’s home.

David J. Bergeson, 44, pleaded guilty Thursday to misdemeanor DUI and was sentenced to spend seven days with an ankle monitor followed by a year of probation. Magistrate Judge Kent Gauchay handed down the sentence and gave Bergeson a withheld judgment in the case, meaning if Bergeson is successful on probation, the conviction could be removed from his criminal record.

Reports show the crash happened just after 4 a.m. on Nov. 26. Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene at Vista Drive and East Marlin Avenue. Those who called 911 reported Bergeson was trying to drive away from the crash.

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Deputies found someone had driven through fences before crashing into a house. Bergeson was revving the engine when deputies arrived. A deputy then entered the pickup and gave Bergeson commands to get out of the vehicle.

Bergeson was very intoxicated during the crash, with a blood alcohol content more than two and a half times the legal limit, according to reports.

Deputies were familiar with Bergeon after contacting him hours before the crash for a welfare check. Bergeson was very intoxicated and not taking care of his son. A disturbance followed and due to intoxication, deputies had the child placed into his mother’s care.

In addition to jail and probation, Gauchay ordered Bergeson to pay $702.50 in fees and fines. Bergeson’s driver’s license was also suspended for 120 days and he is ordered to use an ignition interlock device for a year.

CORRECTION: originally reported Bergeson’s drivers license is suspended for year. However, it is suspended for 120 days and he is ordered to use an ignition interlock device for a year. It has been corrected in this story and apologizes for that error.