Espejel charged after allegedly DUI at 100 mph in wrong direction on I-90

Posted at 12:16 PM, Apr 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-16 14:16:15-04

(BOZEMAN) Juan Carlos Espejel was arrested early Monday morning after allegedly driving approximately 100 miles per hour the wrong way on I-90 with a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit.

Espejel, 26 years old, appeared in Gallatin County Justice Court on Monday on a charge of felony criminal endangerment.

According to court documents, a Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched to a report of a wrong-way driver on I-90 at around 1 a.m. on Monday.

The deputy reported that dispatch received at least seven other calls as he was en route, stating that the vehicle was eastbound in the westbound lane at around 100 miles per hour.

The deputy said that he located Espejel in his vehicle at mile marker 284 between Logan and Manhattan. The vehicle, a black 2002 BMW SUV, was reportedly halfway in the #1 lane and halfway in the median. The vehicle was smoking with its front passenger-side tire and wheel missing, according to the reporting deputy.

Court documents state that Espejel had a Budweiser beer can in the center console and was swaying heavily to the point of falling over when the deputy encountered him. The deputy reported that Espejel had limited understanding of English and was identified by items in his wallet as a Mexican citizen.

Espejel allegedly told the deputy he had consumed 34 alcoholic beverages.

He was taken to the Gallatin County Detention Center where he agreed to a breath test. The result reportedly showed his blood alcohol level to be .231, almost three times the legal limit of .08.

A translator was provided via phone for Espejel’s Justice Court appearance. He stated through the translator that he has been living in Gallatin County for six months, working in Big Sky.

Judge Bryan Adams set Espejel’s bail at $2,500.

As a condition of his release, he must wear a SCRAM alcohol-monitoring ankle bracelet.

Espejel is scheduled to make his initial appearance in District Court on May 11.

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