A Boise County deputy involved in a crash with another vehicle on Idaho Highway 21 Saturday was in a similar crash while on duty in 2014, according to court documents.
Deputy David Lee, driving a marked 2004 Ford Explorer, was attempting to make a U-turn on Highway 21 near the high bridge when he was hit by Joseph Kaiser, 69, driving a 2010 Ford Escape, according to Idaho State Police. Lee had been attempting to pursue a speeding vehicle, according to ISP.
Lee and Kaiser were transported to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, ISP reported. Neither was still in the hospital Monday, a spokeswoman said.
In 2015 Lee was aquitted for an infraction after an accident with a motorcycle that happened in Septempber 2014. In that incident, Lee was driving his marked service vehicle — the Ford Explorer — south on Highway 21 about 17 miles south of Idaho City, when he saw a speeding vehicle going the opposite direction. Lee attempted to make a U-turn to follow the speeder, and motorcyclist Douglas Towell of Ontario, Ore., braked, skidded and lost control, according to ISP.
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Towell and his passenger, Chellus Towell, 43, were thrown from the bike, and taken to the hospital. Towell had been driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .09 percent, tested positive for marijuana and was found guilty of felony DUI.