Parked Pickup Totaled In Drunk Driving Crash In Casper [VIDEO]
Casper Police arrested a man for driving under the influence after he crashed his pickup, totaled a parked pickup, and flipped his on its side on Thursday evening.
After Michael Fuson, 23, crawled from the driver's side window, he told police he steered his pickup onto West 13th Street from CY Avenue, looked at his phone, overcorrected and hit the other pickup on the parkway about 8 p.m., according to an affidavit filed with Casper Municipal Court.
Fuson initially denied consuming any alcohol or drugs, but after several tests for intoxication, an officer arrested him for driving while under the influence and having an open container in the vehicle. He was taken to the Wyoming Medical Center for treatment for abrasions to his left forearm and his chest.
About two hours after the crash, a breath test indicated his blood alcohol content was 0.12, or 50 percent over the legal limit of 0.08.
As they worked the scene, police and Casper Fire-EMS officers had to right Fuson's Dodge Ram pickup -- with its Minnesota plates -- resting on its left side. After it fell back on its wheels -- the left front wheel appeared bent -- an officer shined his flashlight to check inside before it was loaded on a tow truck.
The Dodge had it easy compared to Randall Sargent's totaled Ford F-150 crew cab pickup.
He and his wife were inside their house when they heard what they thought was thunder, then saw the red lights from emergency vehicles, Sargent said.
"Yeah, this is my third truck (totaled) here on 13th just behind the Family Dollar," he said. "They fly around this corner like fast, you know. And they make little mistakes and this is what happens."
His pickup was totaled. Sargent, a contractor, had to grab a notebook from the cab to get the phone number of a client to tell him that he wouldn't be able to do a job on Friday, he said.
Sargent filled his gas tank the day before, and a hazmat truck drove up and firefighters shoveled sand to absorb the gas, oil and other fluids that leaked profusely.
"The axle is twisted; it's gone," Sargent said. "It shoved that axle up under it. It looks like it steers from the back."