Date: August 9, 2010
Location: Highway 242 near Sisters, Oregon
Names: Frank W. Gasperetti
When police spotted a man walking away from a burning motor home, they arrested him for drunk driving. But the driver later told reporters a very different version of events.
According to an OSP press release, on August 9, 2010, around 1:10 AM, police were advised that a motor home was blocking Highway 242 near Sisters, Oregon. The vehicle was on its side, completely engulfed in flames, and the fire was spreading into nearby trees. Firefighters acted quickly to extinguish the flames.
Trooper Evan Sether was responding to the scene when he saw Frank W. Gasperetti, 39, of Redmond, walking away from the crash scene. Gasperetti was transported back to the accident site, where police arrested him for DUII. Gasperetti was then taken to Lane County Jail, where the DUII investigation was completed. He was cited and released with a court date.
Gasperetti said a wheel on the motor home caught fire, the brakes went out, and when he tried to make a turn, the motor home flipped over. He said he was not drunk, but disoriented due to a head injury from the crash. Since there was no cell phone service in the mountains, he went walking for help.
Gasperetti said that police refused to give him a breath test at the scene. Instead, they did a field sobriety test (walk a straight line, stand on one foot), which he flunked due to his disoriented state. Gasperetti also claimed that when he did blow a Breathalyzer reading, at the jail, no alcohol level was determined.
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