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Boise County deputy involved in 2 U-turn accidents within 2 years

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.

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.

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