Woman Admits .22% BAC in Crash That Cost A Casper Man His Leg
A Casper woman admitted to having a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit to drive when she caused a crash that resulted in a man losing his right leg.
Kam Marie Lopez told Natrona County District Court Judge Daniel Forgey that she had a blood alcohol concentration of .22 BAC when she caused the crash in April.
Lopez appeared in court Tuesday and pleaded guilty to DUI with bodily injury and possession of a controlled substance third or subsequent offense.
As a part of a plea deal with prosecutors, Lopez will be sentenced concurrently on each charge, meaning she will serve out the sentence for each crime at the same time.
The maximum penalty for DUI with bodily injury is 10 years behind bars. Drug possession third or subsequent offense carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, the crash happened shortly before 10:30 a.m. April 26 in the 1600 Block of East Yellowstone Highway.
Dana Patrick Young was riding a motorcycle westbound when he saw a silver sedan pull into his lane from a parking lot. He tried to avoid the vehicle but the car did not stop and collided with him, the affidavit says.
Young slid into oncoming traffic.
Police officers could smell alcohol on Lopez's breath, according to the affidavit. She either performed poorly on or did not complete a field sobriety test. Lopez was also unable to blow into a breathalyzer tube and instead agreed to have her blood drawn.
Lopez said in court Tuesday that the result of that blood test was .22%. The legal limit to drive in Wyoming is .08%.
The affidavit also states that officers found a marijuana pipe in Lopez's vehicle and that Lopez has been convicted of drug possession at least twice before.
Roughly a dozen people who appeared to be friends and family of Young were in court Tuesday to hear Lopez's plea.
Lopez was free on bond during her change of plea hearing. However, as soon as the hearing ended, a Natrona County Sheriff's deputy informed Lopez that she had an arrest warrant before escorting Lopez into a separate room used to house inmates during court hearings.
Another deputy told someone who accompanied Lopez to the hearing, "She isn't coming back out."
A deputy said that the warrant was unrelated to Tuesday's proceeding.
A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.