A man, whom police say was driving a semi-truck that struck several vehicles at Tuesday night, has been arrested on a recommended Felony Driving While Under the Influence Charge.
49-year-old Adrian Villa; of Thornton, Colorado; was identified as the driver of a McDonald’s semi-truck, that is said to have struck several passenger vehicles, just after 6:40 pm, Tuesday, December 6th.
Police say that blood tests after Villa’s arrest showed a blood alcohol content of .364. In the state of Wyoming a person is considered legally impaired to drive at .08 BAC.
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Video taken of the dramatic crash scene (below) shows Casper Fire-EMS responders breaking into the semi-truck’s cab and entering through the window.
In a police affidavit, officers say that they found a 357 ml bottle of Fireball Whiskey on the dashboard of the truck, with approximately 2/3rds of the contents missing.
Police say that Villa admitted to drinking, and said that he did not know what happened, but believed he fell asleep. Officers note that Villa stated he did not know in what state or town he was currently in. He told officers that he had began drinking at approximately 1:00 pm, and took his last drink at approximately 5:00 pm, December 4th.
Villa also is said to have told medical personnel and police that he was on multiple medications.
Three victims of the crash were treated at an area hospital, one victim was said to have been diagnosed with minor fractures to their vertebrae.
According to the affidavit, Villa told police officers that he had been charged with DUI approximately four months prior.
After being cleared by medical personnel, Villa was arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center.
All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.