Woman charged with DUI after leaping into canal to avoid police

kterhune@idahostatesman.comOctober 1, 2013 

— A couple from near the Idaho-Nevada border was arrested Sunday after police say they crashed their car into another vehicle in Garden City and then tried to flee.

Condola May Kelly, 26, drove her Cadillac into a Mini Cooper at the intersection of Glenwood and Marigold streets, police said. Officer Leon Dennis of the Garden City Police Department said Kelly tried to drive away from the scene before police arrived, but her car was too damaged to make it far.

“When that wasn't working, while witnesses were watching, she got out and tried to push the car,” Dennis said. Kelly pushed the damaged Cadillac a short distance down the road before giving up, he said.

Next, Kelly and her husband, 31-year-old Kyle Kelly, decided to flee on foot. As officers pursued the pair, Kyle Kelly took refuge behind a nearby fire station, while Condola Kelly jumped into the canal, Dennis said.

The water in the canal was shallow, Dennis said, but Condola Kelly refused to surrender when officers spotted her.

“She wouldn't come out of the canal, so an officer had to wade in and pull her out,” he said. Kyle Kelly was found hiding behind the fire station and arrested a short time later.

Dennis said no one was injured in the wreck, and the driver of the Mini Cooper was not cited.

Condola Kelly was charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, resisting and obstructing, driving without a license, and driving without insurance, all misdemeanors. Kyle Kelly was charged with misdemeanor resisting and obstructing.

The couple was arraigned in court Monday afternoon, and remains in the Ada County Jail.

Katie Terhune: 377-6219

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