Man crashes south of Hoback

November 7, 2017

A Bondurant man totaled his truck after driving drunk on Highway 191 on Sunday afternoon, police say.

Austin Holmes, 21, appeared in court via phone from Teton County Jail on Monday afternoon to hear a reading of the charges against him: driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane of travel.

Around 2 p.m. Sunday, Wyoming Highway Patrol received a Reddi Report, which stands for Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately, that detailed a blue pickup “driving all over the road” just south of Hoback Junction, a probable cause affidavit states.

By 2:25, a report was made to the Teton County Sheriff’s Office that the truck had hit a guardrail and was totaled on the southbound shoulder.

The driver did not sustain any injuries, police said. Holmes was taken to a highway patroller’s car, where troopers suspected alcohol to be involved.

“The driver of the blue truck had glassy bloodshot eyes and was having a hard time comprehending what was going on,” the report says. “The speech of the driver of the blue truck was very slow and slurred.”

Holmes admitted to the troopers that he had consumed “at least five drinks but not more than 10.”

Holmes failed all field sobriety tests he was given and had a 0.211 blood alcohol content. About an hour later, before being processed at Teton County Jail, Holmes blew a 0.19.

In court Monday, Judge James Radda said Holmes would need to be evaluated before he could be released, noting that Holmes’ blood alcohol content was over twice the legal limit.

“Many people would be unconscious at that level,” Radda said in court.

Teton County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Clark Allan said this wasn’t Holmes’ first alleged DUI and argued for stricter release terms. Holmes was arrested in August for driving under the influence.

“I certainly see some other problems here,” Allan said. “He was ordered not to consume alcohol [for a pending charge], and obviously is unwilling to follow the court’s orders.”

The case was continued until Monday.