Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Bike path mishap leads to DUI arrest

Express Staff Writer

A 50-year-old Burley woman faces a charge of felony driving under the influence after she allegedly lost control of her vehicle on the Wood River Trails bike path.

"Who knows how far she drove on that path?" said Lt. Jay Davis, spokesman for the Blaine County Sheriff's Office.

Kolleen A. Hayden was arrested shortly after 4 p.m. last Thursday just north of St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center. Davis said Hayden faces a felony charge because of two prior DUI convictions within the past 10 years. She was also charged with having an open container of alcohol in her vehicle.

A sheriff's office report states that Hayden was southbound on the bike path in a white 1999 GMC Yukon when the vehicle apparently slipped off the path and lodged against a tree, which prevented the vehicle from slipping or rolling down an embankment. The Ketchum Fire Department rushed to the scene to secure the vehicle to keep it upright.

Investigators on Monday did not know why Hayden was allegedly driving on the bike path or when she got on it.

"She was drunk, so she probably turned onto the bike path," said Davis, adding that the most likely entry spot was at the intersection of Elkhorn Road and state Highway 75.

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