Mark Mansfield Ostler | Bonneville County Jail
IDAHO FALLS — An Idaho Falls man is behind bars after he allegedly drove onto a curb to intentionally hit a male pedestrian.
The events occurred around 1 p.m. Wednesday when the Idaho Falls Police Department got a call that a man had just been hit by an SUV near WinCo Foods on Woodruff Avenue. Investigators later learned the driver of the SUV was 59-year-old Mark Mansfield Oster, according to an affidavit of probable cause obtained by EastIdahoNews.com.
A witness told officers he was driving on Woodruff when he spotted a silver SUV driving on Caribou Street jump the curb and hit a man walking alongside the road. The driver then drove away, leaving the victim limping in the nearby O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store parking lot.
When police spoke with the victim, he explained he had been at Ostler’s home on Garfield Street. When a conversation over a woman became heated, the victim said he left, walking towards O’Reilly’s. Once the victim got near the store, Ostler appeared in a vehicle and started yelling and possibly throwing things, according to court documents.
The victim said Ostler then made a u-turn before jumping the curb and hitting him with the SUV.
The victim suffered an apparent injury to his leg and an ambulance took him to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. The man said he did not want to press charges against Ostler, but would cooperate with authorities if they did.
Police went to Ostler’s home and spoke with him. Ostler claimed he had never left his house. However, investigators did find the silver SUV parked in the driveway with marks on the front, possibly from hitting someone. Additionally, police lifted palm prints off the hood.
Officers arrested Ostler and prosecutors charged him with felony aggravated battery and felony leaving the scene of a crash.
Ostler made his initial court appearance on Thursday afternoon, where his bail was set at $15,000, according to court records. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 28.
Although Ostler is charged with a crime, it does not necessarily mean he committed it. Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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