Man charged for assaulting wife’s ex-boyfriend


An Idaho Falls man was arrested Saturday after he reportedly assaulted and injured his wife’s ex-boyfriend.

Zachary Eldredge, 34, told Idaho Falls Police he was jealous after his wife’s ex-boyfriend and father to their daughter had asked to be a part of their lives three months prior.

Police were dispatched at 1:02 a.m. to Terrace Drive after Eldredge had reportedly beaten the victim, leaving him bleeding on the street, according to court documents.

Eldredge’s wife said she had gone to pick up the victim when Eldredge, who had followed her, stopped in front of her car and pulled the victim from the passenger seat. The victim was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for a broken nose and given stitches for a laceration above his eye. The victim said he and the suspect’s wife were meeting to plan Christmas for their daughter.

Police met Eldredge at his home, where he admitted he was in the wrong, court documents said. Eldredge said he followed his wife when she left.

Eldredge was charged with aggravated battery, punishable with up to 15 years in prison. A no-contact order was issued between him and the victim and bond was set at $15,000. A no-contact order hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Dec. 27. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 10.

Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.