July 19, 2022


RE:  Alcohol related injury crash


     Bonneville County Sheriff’s Deputies continue to investigate an injury crash from the evening of July 14th in the area of 113th S. and Pinehurst Dr.  The driver of the vehicle involved, 29 year old Taylor Starnes of Idaho Falls, unfortunately succumbed to his injuries at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC) yesterday morning.   


     Deputies, along with two ambulances and two engines from Idaho Falls Fire Department, responded to the scene finding the vehicle upside down in the canal in approximately 4 feet of water.  Upon arrival, first responders noted several bystanders who were wet from jumping in the canal to free Mr. Starnes from the vehicle.  Bystanders had begun CPR as Deputies arrived to assist in getting Mr. Starnes out and on a stable place for life saving efforts.  A Deputy dove in the water and was able to make sure no other victims were trapped inside. 


     Despite the unfortunate outcome, Deputies and Fire Personnel are grateful for the quick action of witnesses in relaying information to dispatch and jumping into the canal to free Mr. Starnes from the submerged vehicle. 

July 15th, 2022
RE: Alcohol related injury crash
     Just after 7:30pm last night, Bonneville County Sheriff’s Deputies and Idaho Falls Fire responded to 113th S. near Pinehurst Dr. for a vehicle that had overturned and landed in a canal.  The vehicle had been called in by witnesses as a possible intoxicated driver just prior to it leaving the roadway and overturning into a canal full of water. 
     Several witnesses and arriving Deputies were able to get in the canal and pull the driver out of the water to begin life saving measures.  The driver was transported by ambulance to EIRMC in critical condition.  Alcohol is suspected as being a factor in the crash and Deputies are continuing to investigate.   One Deputy was injured by the hot exhaust from the vehicle during the rescue and was treated on scene by ambulance personnel. 
     Subsequently, a separate motorist was contacted by a Deputy doing traffic control on the scene suspected on being intoxicated.  Deputies began a separate DUI investigation resulting in that driver being cited for Misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence. 
     Alcohol related crashes claim far too many lives in Idaho.  These incidents put the lives of motorists, rescuers, and others in danger the moment an intoxicated person gets behind the wheel.  Bonneville County Sheriff’s Deputies remind everyone who uses alcohol or other intoxicating substances to make the smart choice and avoid getting behind the wheel.  Be responsible, don’t put your life and others in danger by driving under the influence.