Driver Of Pickup That Crashed Into Home Was Intoxicated, Police Say


Police have released new details about the Feb. 27 trailer fire that left one man injured, another arrested on four charges and the fire department with a busted gas line shooting gas and flames under a trailer.

According to Payson Police Chief Don Engler, Nickolas Aguirre was arrested shortly after driving a full-size pickup truck into an unoccupied trailer on Moonlight Drive in Star Valley.

Aguirre was located several blocks away from the incident an hour later, highly intoxicated, said Detective Matt Van Camp.

According to reports, the incident started around 2 a.m. when Aguirre and a 27-year-old Star Valley man where returning home from the bars where Aguirre had been drinking. Aguirre was driving south on Moonlight Drive when he lost control of the pickup at the intersection of Garrells Drive and drove into the yard of the trailer home in the 150 block of South Moonlight Drive.

The truck struck the gas and electrical services boxes, severing the gas line and shooting gas under the trailer. Aguirre and the passenger were able to escape the vehicle, but Aguirre did not stay on scene and started walking down the street.

When police arrived, the passenger was located nearby with a head injury and face lacerations.

He was taken to the Payson hospital and eventually flown to a Scottsdale hospital for treatment.

Police began searching the area for the driver and found Aguirre walking down a nearby street intoxicated. Van Camp said Aguirre reported he was uninjured except for pain in his chest from the steering wheel.

Aguirre was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault, one count of criminal damage and a count of leaving the scene of an injury accident. Van Camp said Aguirre was charged with two counts of aggravated assault instead of DUI because it is a stronger charge and there was another person injured, along with property damage. No firefighters were injured and no one was living in the trailer.


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