Blackfoot woman whose SUV ended up on Snake River ice had blood-alcohol content over twice legal limit

Courtney Silzly

Courtney Silzly

By Journal staff

BLACKFOOT — A 26-year-old Blackfoot woman is facing two misdemeanor charges after her out-of-control SUV ended up on a frozen portion of the Snake River north of Blackfoot on Saturday.

Courtney Silzly has been charged with driving under the influence, a second offense, as well as driving without privileges, according to Bingham County Magistrate Court records. She pleaded not guilty to both counts on Monday.

Authorities say her blood-alcohol content was over .20 — more than twice the legal limit, when Saturday’s incident occurred.

Silzly failed to negotiate a turn on Rose Road near Archery Range Road around 5 p.m. and her Chevy Suburban careened onto the frozen river.
The vehicle did not break through the ice.

Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland said Silzly got out of the vehicle and managed to get to shore. Deputies located her apparently hiding in the weeds along the river after the accident, which was reported by another citizen.

Silzly was not injured but was transported to Bingham Memorial Hospital in Blackfoot for observation, Rowland said. She was later taken into custody, but had been released as of Monday.

Emergency responders were eventually able to remove her SUV from the frozen river.

Silzly is facing another misdemeanor charge for driving under the influence in Bingham County for an incident that allegedly occurred on Nov. 26, according to court records. That case is still pending.