A Colorado man pleaded guilty Wednesday to two misdemeanors in a Casper tractor-trailer wreck that hospitalized three other people.
A Natrona County Circuit Court judge sentenced Adrian Villa, 42, to six months in jail for his guilty pleas to drunk driving and having an open container while driving. He will also be required to undergo an evaluation for substance-use severity. Once the evaluation is done, a judge will review the sentence to determine if it is appropriate.
Villa, of Thornton, Colorado, told police he had been drinking but did not know what happened in the Tuesday wreck on Poplar Street, according to court documents filed by prosecutors in the case.
The documents state witnesses on the scene said Villa’s tractor-trailer hit multiple vehicles around 6:42 p.m. as it traveled south on Poplar Street toward First Street. Three people went to the hospital as a result of the wreck, and one of the injured was diagnosed with minor fractures to her vertebrae.
Police found an opened pint of Fireball whiskey on the dash of Villa’s truck, the documents state. He told police he took he last drink at about 5 p.m. about two hours after leaving Billings, Montana. Villa said he did not know what state he was in at the time of the wreck, the documents state.
A blood sample taken by Wyoming Medical Center staff indicated Villa’s blood alcohol content was .364, more than four times the legal limit, according to the documents.