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Garden Valley man arrested for DUI in Idaho 16 crash that injured woman

Wesley Alan Watts, 21, of Garden Valley is charged with felony DUI and leaving the scene of an injury crash after he reportedly lost control of his truck and collided with an oncoming minivan on Idaho 16 late Tuesday, the Ada County Sheriff's Office reports.

Watts also faces misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession and resisting arrest.

The female driver of the minivan Watts’ truck hit was badly injured in the crash, and Eagle and Star fire crews had to cut through the wreckage of the minivan to get the driver out. Paramedics then took her to a local hospital for treatment. Her name and condition were not released.

Initial reports indicate Watts was driving a red pickup truck southbound on Idaho 16, just south of North Pollard Lane, around 10 p.m. Tuesday when he lost control of his truck and spun into the northbound lane, the sheriff's office reports.The northbound minivan collided with the driver’s side of the truck. The force of the impact did significant damage to both vehicles.

Watts told an Ada County Sheriff’s deputy who arrived at the crash site a short time later that he was intoxicated and caused the crash. That deputy told Watts to sit by the side of the road, but Watts started walking away, the sheriff's office reports.

The deputy told Watts, who got about 50 yards away, to stop and the man walked back to the deputy before starting to move away again. That’s when the deputy stopped Watts and put him in handcuffs. Watts then told another deputy he was drunk, the sheriff's office reports.

Deputies then took Watts to a local hospital. While there, a blood sample was taken for evidence testing. A deputy found a small amount of marijuana in Watts’ shirt pocket at the hospital, ACSO reports.

The crime of felony aggravated DUI is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

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