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Suspect in SW Idaho police pursuit that left 2 people dead has 5 DUI convictions

Joseph Sena
Joseph Sena

The driver accused of crashing his truck into a car and killing the two adults in it on Saturday in Nampa has five driving under the influence convictions and one pending DUI charge.

Idaho State Police identified Joseph Sena, 50, as the driver suspected of leading Nampa police on a chase that ended with the fatal collision, his pickup striking a car as it passed through the intersection of 16th Avenue North and Third Street North.

The Canyon County Coroner’s Office identified the driver of the car as Rosa Delafuente, 51, and the passenger as Adam Zamudio Sr., 55, both of Nampa. They died of blunt force trauma.

Sena has been charged with two counts of felony vehicular manslaughter, felony eluding police and a felony for being an alleged persistent violator.

Nampa Police Lt. Eric Skoglund said an officer was initially trying to pull over Sena because he believed the driver might be drunk, and it then became apparent the driver was eluding. He was unsure how fast speeds reached during the pursuit. Skoglund said the officer who pursued Sena is not on administrative leave.

At the time of the pursuit, Sena was still awaiting trial on a felony charge of driving under the influence from an October arrest. In that case, he was also charged with a felony for being an alleged persistent violator.

His criminal history is lengthy. Sena was convicted of DUIs in Ada and Canyon counties in 2007, 1999, 1997 (twice) and 1993.

Since 1992, Idaho Department of Correction records show that Sena was in and out of prison, not including time spent in county jails for misdemeanors.

He also has convictions for grand theft, misdemeanor providing false information to an officer, resisting arrest, domestic battery and petit theft.

On multiple occasions Sena violated terms of parole and was sent back to prison. In 2004, he was assigned to the Nampa Community Work Center but escaped custody. He was captured within two weeks.

After the 2007 DUI conviction, he stayed in prison until June 2014, and then was promptly sentenced for a drug charge after his release.

Sena was last released on parole in December 2015 and was set to complete it by 2021.

His bond is set at $10 million and he remains in custody at the Canyon County jail. His next court appearance is set for 8:30 a.m. July 30.

Ruth Brown: 208-377-6207, @RuthBrownNews
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