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Police arrested a Colorado truck driver Tuesday evening on suspicion of drunk driving after a multiple-vehicle wreck near a busy Casper intersection sent three people to the hospital.

Adrian Villa, 42, of Thornton, Colorado, told police he had been drinking but did not know what had happened in the wreck, according to court documents 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 southbound 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.

Villa was jailed and is expected to appear in court at 2 p.m. Wednesday. He told police he was arrested for drunk driving about 4 months ago, the documents state.

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Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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