This story first appeared online at www.tetonvalleynews.net and has been updated for print.
Driggs resident, Lindsey Asselin, 38, was life-flighted to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center last Tuesday after rolling her vehicle in Madison County and, at this time, surviving a self-inflicted wound. Asselin is listed in fair condition at EIRMC as of press deadline Monday evening.
According to a press release issued by the Teton County Sheriff’s Office, this morning at approximately 5:22 a.m., Teton County Sheriff Tony Liford observed a white Dodge pickup driving erratically near Main Street and Wallace Ave., in Driggs.
Liford attempted to stop the vehicle, after observing erratic driving patterns. The vehicle continued south bound on Main Street before leaving the roadway and performing a u-turn, heading north bound back through Driggs and continuing on Highway 33 at high speeds and driving recklessly.
Additional Sheriff’s Office deputies joined in the pursuit and continued following the vehicle into Madison County.
At approximately mile marker 111 on Highway 33, the vehicle lost control and left the roadway entering a field and rolled.
An air ambulance unit was dispatched to the scene and air lifted Asselin EIRMC.
It was discovered while investigating the scene that Asselin sustained a self-inflicted laceration to her throat and her pet dog was discovered in the vehicle and that it was deceased from a knife wound to its throat.
The Teton County Sheriff’s Office is undetermined at this time as to whether alcohol played a role in the incident.
This story will be updated.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Madison County Sheriff’s Office, Idaho State Police, Madison Fire Department and Idaho Lifelflight for their assistance in this incident.