Po­lice say man in­volved in 2015 ac­ci­dent ar­rested again for DWI

The Buffalo News - - CITY & REGION - By Keith McShea

A Buf­falo man who was the sub­ject of a 2015 vi­ral video that cap­tured him caus­ing an ac­ci­dent af­ter driv­ing drunk on the New York State Thruway is again in trou­ble with the law.

Ki­ran Thapa, 36, was ar­rested for felony ag­gra­vated driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated and sev­eral other charges Sun­day evening, ac­cord­ing to the Or­chard Park Po­lice.

Or­chard Park Po­lice Lieu­tenant Greg Sheppard, af­ter see­ing Thapa’s 2015 mug shot, said that Thapa was the same man from the 2015 in­ci­dent.

On April 21, 2015, Thapa, then 32 years old and iden­ti­fied as be­ing from Colum­bus, Ohio, was ar­rested by state troop­ers in on the New York State Thruway in Batavia for mul­ti­ple traf­fic in­frac­tions and charged with ag­gra­vated DWI and first­de­gree ag­gra­vated un­li­censed op­er­a­tion.

That Thruway in­ci­dent was cap­tured on video by an­other mo­torist. The YouTube video of the in­ci­dent has more than 7.8 mil­lion views and has been com­mented on more than 19,000 times.

Thapa is seen driv­ing aggressively be­hind a pick-up truck be­fore at­tempt­ing an of­froad pass of the pick-up truck on the left, caus­ing an ac­ci­dent that ran both ve­hi­cles as well as a trac­tor-trailer off the road.

On Sun­day night, Or­chard Park Po­lice said that Thapa’s al­leged er­ratic driv­ing, in­clud­ing a sud­den U-turn on South­west­ern Boule­vard, led to his ar­rest on mul­ti­ple charges.

Thapa was charged with felony ag­gra­vated DWI af­ter po­lice said a breath test yielded a 0.26 per­cent blood-al­co­hol con­tent, which is more than three times the le­gal limit (0.08). Po­lice said Thapa was driv­ing de­spite his li­cense be­ing re­voked in 2016 due to DWI.

At ap­prox­i­mately 9:30 p.m. Sun­day, an Or­chard Park Po­lice pa­trol ob­served a ve­hi­cle trav­el­ing very slowly on South­west­ern, “ob­struct­ing traf­fic be­hind it and an­ger­ing other mo­torists to the point of honk­ing their horns,” of­fi­cials said in a re­lease.

Po­lice said the ve­hi­cle then com­pleted “a sud­den, un­safe U-turn, nearly caus­ing a crash, and pa­trol at­tempted to stop the ve­hi­cle.” The driver kept driv­ing for ap­prox­i­mately a quar­ter-mile be­fore pulling over, po­lice said.

Thapa ex­hib­ited signs of in­tox­i­ca­tion and failed nu­mer­ous field so­bri­ety tests, po­lice said, and was ar­rested for DWI.

Po­lice said Thapa was re­turned to the Or­chard Park po­lice sta­tion where he con­sented to the breath test.

Thapa was also charged with first-de­gree ag­gra­vated un­li­censed op­er­a­tion, un­li­censed op­er­a­tion, felony DWI, op­er­at­ing with­out an in­ter­lock de­vice, driv­ing too slow, im­ped­ing traf­fic and un­safe turn.

Thapa will ap­pear in Town Court at a later date.

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