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Man Causes 8-Vehicle Crash a Day After DUI Conviction


A Nampa man caused an 8-vehicle crash on the Interstate 84, only a day after being convicted of DUI and released on bond. Christian N. Salgado had been charged with excessive DUI and posted a bond of $500.

Salgado had been previously arrested for DUI back in October last year. At the time of his previous arrest, Salgado had a blood alcohol content of 0.20%. The arrest took place in Caldwell, Canyon County. On January 22, Salgado pleaded guilty to the charge of excessive DUI and was released on bond.

Only a day later, he caused an 8-vehicle crash on the I-84. According to the details from the authorities, Salgado had been out on bond for barely 24 hours when he left the eastbound lane of the I-84 and drove straight into the westbound lane. This led to a chain-reaction crash involving 8 vehicles. Fortunately, no one was injured in the crash.

Following the crash, Salgado was arrested by the police. He was tested for alcohol and his blood alcohol concentration was found to be 0.271%, more than thrice the legal limit of 0.08%. At the time of the arrest, the police also found more than 30 cans of alcohol in his car. This time, Salgado’s bond has been set at $500,000.

Excessive DUI is a serious offense in Idaho and the penalties grow harsher with greater BAC. For a first excessive DUI offense in Idaho, the penalties include up to $2,000 in fines and a jail time of 10 days to a year. For a second offense, the penalties include a fine of up to $5,000 in fines and a jail time of 30 days to 5 years. The court may also mandate alcohol education, counseling and rehabilitation in addition to the penalties.

If you’ve been in an accident that was due to driving under the influence, you need to contact an experienced DUI lawyer for assistance.