Drunken driver collides with Fremont Sheriff's Deputy's car; taken into custody

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Two Fremont County Sheriff’s Deputies escaped serious injury after a drunk driver rammed one of the officer’s cars Friday night.

According to the sheriff’s office, Fremont County Dispatch received a call about the suspect around 9:23 p.m. Fremont County Deputy Chad Evans and Reserve Deputy Ronnie Sykes responded to the Hog Hollow area where they found the suspect parked off the roadway.

The suspect has been identified as 32-year-old Jacob T. Dolezal, of Chester. Dolezal has an extensive criminal record, said Fremont County Sheriff Len Humphries.

“I think we’ve had him in jail three or four times,” Humphries said.

As Evans and Sykes neared Dolezal’s car, Dolezal pulled back onto the roadway and sped off. The deputies followed Dolezal, but lost track of him due to blowing dust. The officers continued to search the area and found Dolezal who turned his car into a weapon, aiming it at the officers.

“Deputy Evans tried multiple times to avoid a collision, but the suspect rammed his patrol vehicle,” said the sheriff’s office in a press release.

Evans didn’t require hospitalization.

Both Evans and Sykes arrested Dolezal, and took him to the Fremont County Jail. Dolezal is being charged with Driving under the Influence, possession of open container by a driver, felony eluding, and two counts of aggravated battery.

The Idaho State Police assisted in the arrest.

Humphries said he was proud of both Evans and Sykes for stopping and arresting Dolezal.

“They did a good job,” he said.

Humphries was also thankful that the officers didn’t suffer major injuries.

“Everybody went home last night which is what we hope for,” he said.