Police say man involved in 2015 accident arrested again for DWI
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.