Crime & Courts

DUI suspect blames Taliban, ISIS for York wreck

York police suspect alcohol played a part in a Friday night wreck that required them to extricate a man from his vehicle. But the driver had a different explanation: he was being chased by terrorists.

A 56-year-old DUI suspect told investigators and hospital staff the crash was “caused by the Taliban and ISIS who were after him,” according to the incident report.

Police were called to an accident on Alexander Love Highway near Fairhope Road around 9:30 p.m. They found a “very disoriented” man who appeared to be entrapped in a Ford F-150 on the side of the road. Emergency responders forced open the doors to get him out of the vehicle.

The report notes the man had several cuts and scrapes on his body, “and it was apparent he had defecated on himself.”

EMS noted the man had bloodshot eyes, and when asked if he had been drinking he reportedly replied, “Of course.”

Officers were unable to perform field sobriety or breath tests, however, because the driver was transported to the hospital by EMS. An investigator later arrived at the hospital to get a blood sample from the suspect for testing.

The officer noted “he was very argumentative with the nursing staff,” and several times mentioned foreign terrorist organizations as being responsible for the wreck.

When questioned by police, however, the man reportedly said he drank a six-pack of beer earlier in the evening and “said there was no need to get a blood sample because he was guilty of DUI.”

Formal charges will await the results of the blood test, according to the incident report.

Bristow Marchant •  803-329-4062

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