Kearns man with previous DUI arrests accused of causing fatal crash

A Kearns man who has a historical past of DUI arrests was arrested Wednesday for investigation of vehicle murder after police say brought on a deadly crash in West Valley Metropolis. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret Information)

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WEST VALLEY CITY — A person with a historical past of driving whereas intoxicated was arrested Wednesday for allegedly inflicting a crash that killed an individual.

Jair Ivan Bautista, 28, of Kearns, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of vehicle murder, driving on a suspended license, being an alcohol-restricted driver, and failing to stay on the scene of a crash involving loss of life.

West Valley police responded simply earlier than 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to the intersection of 3600 West and Parkway Boulevard (2700 South) on a report of a multi-vehicle crash. One driver was discovered deceased of their automobile. No details about the sufferer was instantly launched.

Officers additionally seen the driving force of a Toyota Tundra was not standing close to his car, in keeping with a police reserving affidavit.

Witnesses instructed investigators that the driving force of the Tundra ran a crimson mild on the intersection and hit one other automobile. One other driver instructed police that Bautista, who was standing about 50 yards away from the Tundra, had approached him after the crash asking for a journey away from the scene, “telling the witness that he wanted to depart,” the affidavit states.

When questioned by officers, Bautista claimed he noticed the driving force of the Tundra run away after the crash, in keeping with police.

“Bautista turned offended with the officers and wouldn’t comply with their orders as he gave the impression to be making an attempt to depart the scene. Officers used bodily pressure to detain him and noticed the sturdy odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from (his) breath whereas within the technique of inserting him in handcuffs,” the affidavit says.

Police stated they discovered a bottle of suspected alcohol underneath the driving force’s seat within the Tundra.

Based on court docket information, Bautista was convicted of DUI in 2011 and charged with DUI once more in 2018. He pleaded responsible to driving on a suspended license in September.

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