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SCSO investigating DUI on I-90

| April 2, 2024 1:00 AM

BIG CREEK –– An alcohol-fueled head-on collision slowed down traffic on Interstate 90 for several hours on Sunday evening.

According to Shoshone County Sheriff’s Captain Seth Green, 9-1-1 dispatchers received several calls about a red SUV driving erratically on westbound I-90. The SCSO sent a deputy to respond, who witnessed a red Dodge Durango attempt to pass a semi-truck on the shoulder of the highway – the driver overcorrected across both lanes, which sent them through the median and into oncoming traffic on the eastbound side, resulting in the head-on collision with a white sedan.    

As the deputy attempted to assist the victim driver of the sedan, the male driver of the Durango freed himself from his wrecked vehicle and began approaching the deputy, requesting for the deputy to shoot him. 

According to Green, the deputy, sensing a dangerous situation, attempted to place the male in custody before further assisting the victim, but Best resisted arrest until two citizens helped detain him. 

Jerry Best, 27, of Wallace, was then taken into police custody and has been charged with reckless driving, driving under the influence, driving without privileges, and resisting arrest. 

According to Green, “shockingly” both Best and the sedan’s driver sustained only minor injuries during the accident.