COLUMBUS – A Columbus man has been charged for an accident in August which caused serious bodily injury to a passenger.
The Columbus Police Department says that officers responded to an accident at 671 12th Avenue around 2:00 AM on August 30th. A 2014 Dodge Pickup that was eastbound on 7th Street had ran into the residence at 12th Avenue.
Officers reported that both the house and the vehicle were engulfed in flames upon arrival. Officers were able to pull two occupants from the vehicle, and they were transported to Columbus Community Hospital. One of the occupants, 40-year-old Shawn Esquibel, sustained burns over 60 percent of his body, and was transferred to Bryan Health West in Lincoln.
Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the other occupant, 40-year-old Blake Spath, had a blood alcohol level of .310 while he was being treated at CCH. Officers also determined that there were no other occupants in the vehicle at the time of the accident, and that Spath had a mark on his face which appeared consistent with him having hit the steering wheel.
After reasoning that Spath was the driver of the vehicle, a warrant was issued for his arrest on December 4th for DUI causing serious bodily injury, a class 3A felony. Spath turned himself in to the Platte County Sheriff’s Department early Monday morning, and bond was set at $10,000 ten percent following a first appearance.
Spath will next appear in the Platte County Court for a hearing on December 26th at 8:30 AM.