COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho — A man accused of intentionally causing a dangerous crash in July 2018 was sentenced Monday.
Ian Bolstad plead guilty to aggravated driving under the influence on Jan. 7. On Monday a judge sentenced him to a nine-year fixed prison sentenced.
On July 30, 2018 at 3:36 p.m., officials responded to a crash on eastbound I-90 at milepost 11 near Coeur d'Alene. Authorities said Bolstad rear-ended a car driven by 57-year-old Ellen Brown. Brown's car went into the closed section of a construction zone which then struck a large post of an overhead traffic sign.
Brown's passenger, Joelle Tanguay, 33, was taken to Kootenai Health. Brown was flown to Sacred Heart Medical Center. Court documents said Tanguay suffered a head and spinal injury. Brown has a severe leg injury that required two surgeries.
As of Monday, Idaho State Police officials said Tanguay remains hospitalized.
Court documents said 911 received 11 calls about a blue Toyota Tundra driving erratically and recklessly through Idaho.
When troopers contacted Bolstad, he would only state that his name was Ian and refused to cooperate with the spelling or give his last name, court documents said. Bolstad told officials he had stopped to help with a crash and his “red truck” was stolen, but then he changed his story, court documents explained.
According to court documents, he told the trooper he was using meth and thought somebody was chasing him. He was then placed under arrest and taken to Kootenai Medical Center to collect a blood sample. Officials said while they were waiting to collect his blood, he was spitting blood from an injury in his mouth. Troopers said they tried to put a spit hood on him, but he was physically resisting, and three hospital security staff members had to help restrain him.