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Posted on: December 13, 2023

Press Release – Two Car Collision Results in DUI

Nayeli crash

On Monday, December 11, 2023, at approximately 5:37 p.m., Blaine County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a two-vehicle collision at Woodside Blvd. and State Highway 75 in Hailey, Idaho.

Crash scene investigation determined that a white 2016 Dodge Journey, driven by Nayeli Vargas-Rangel, age 22 from Hailey, Idaho, was traveling southbound on Hwy 75 behind a 2012 white Nissan Altima, driven by a 61-year-old female from Hailey. Approaching the Woodside Blvd intersection, the light turned red and traffic began to stop. Vargas-Rangel was unable to stop and struck the rear of the Altima at a high rate of speed. Vargas-Rangel reported she was looking at her phone when the collision occurred. 

Upon investigation, Nayeli Vargas-Rangel was arrested and charged with misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence- Excessive, I.C. 18-8004C, and Driving without Privileges, I.C. 18-8001. 

During a tow inventory, controlled substances, paraphernalia, and alcohol were located in the Journey. Vargas-Rangel was additionally charged with misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance Less Than Three Ounces, I.C, 37-2732(C)(3), Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol by a Driver, I.C. 23-505(2), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, I.C. 37-2734A(1), and cited for Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance, I.C. 49-1232.

The driver of the Altima was transported via ground ambulance to Wood River Medical Center with injuries. Her vehicle sustained substantial damages and was towed from the scene. 

 

Steve Harkins

Blaine County Sheriff

Posted: 2:30 p.m. on December 13, 2023

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