West Van Lear man charged with DUI,  assault after collision

Travis Vires

A West Van Lear man was arrested Saturday after a collision in the southbound lane of U.S. 23 which resulted in another man suffering injuries so severe he was airlifted from the scene via helicopter, according to court documents.

The citation said that Louisa Police Department Officer H. James responded to a call of a “vehicle versus motorcycle collision” on U.S. 23, and made contact with Travis Vires, 25, of West Van Lear.

Vires “voluntarily stated that he had been drinking too much to drive and that he didn’t know what had happened,” according to the citation, and the second person involved in the crash was transported to the hospital via helicopter.

A witness who was driving behind the motorcycle said that they observed Vires’ vehicle come across the median from the northbound lane, traveling in the wrong direction in the southbound lane before striking the motorcycle, the citation said. James wrote in the citation that Vires was unable to successfully complete sobriety tests and the breathalyzer results indicate that Vires’ blood alcohol content was 0.205, more than twice the limit at which someone is considered intoxicated under Kentucky law.

According to the citation, Vires was transported to the Louisa Police Department for an interview, read his Miranda warning and exercised his right to remain silent before submitting to the breath test and refusing his own blood test.

Vires was arrested and lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center on charges of first-offense aggravated DUI, second-degree assault and traffic charges.

According to jail records, this is not Vires’ first arrest this year related to alcohol use, with another DUI arrest in February and a charge of first- or second-offense public alcohol intoxication in March.

No court dates had been set in Vires’ case as of presstime Tuesday, and Vires was released from jail custody Monday.

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