Monday, June 11, 2018

Witness says Nixa teen charged with DWI in double-fatality accident near Granby asked her if he could throw away his drugs

A Nixa teen charged with felony driving while intoxicated in connection with a double fatality accident Saturday on U. S. 60 near Granby asked a witness if he could throw away his drugs, according to the probable cause statement filed today in Newton County Circuit Court.

It is not hard to understand why Victor Arias Alanis, 19, would want to dispose of evidence. Just four days earlier, the Christian County Prosecuting Attorney's office had charged Alanis with possession of marijuana, stemming from an April Highway Patrol traffic stop. Alanis' arraignment in that case is scheduled for Wednesday.

From the probable cause statement:

On June 9, 2018, I was dispatched to a two-vehicle injury crash on U. S. 60 at route M/W. I responded to the area and found that a 2004 Honda motorcycle had struck a 2017 Nissan passenger car. It appeared that the motorcycle had been traveling east on U. S. 60 and the passenger car had been traveling west on U. S. 60.

The passenger car attempted to make a left turn onto Route M. The car entered the path of the motorcycle and was struck by the motorcycle. Both occupants of the motorcycle were ejected and received fatal injuries in the crash. I found that the motorcycle was driven by Kelly Utter of Monett, Missouri. The passenger on the motorcycle was Robin Henson of Exeter, Missouri.

I was contacted by emergency personnel as I arrived at the scene I was handed Missouri Driver's Licenses for both occupants of the motorcycle. I was also informed that deputy Brandon Lammers had the driver of the Nissan in custody. I contacted Deputy Lammers and he handed me a cell phone and a U. S. passport for Victor Arias Alanis. He informed me that when he arrived on the scene a witness to the crash informed him that the driver of the Nissan, Victoria Arias Alanis indicated he had drugs in his possession. Deputy Lammers placed the subject in custody due to this information.

I began the crash investigation by photographing each vehicle and the scene. I then contacted Christina Borstad of Granby, Missouri. Borstad had witnessed the crash. She indicated she was following the motorcycle when the Nissan attempted to make a left turn. She stated the car just turned in front of the motorcycle. She indicated she called 911 immediately and gave information about the crash to the dispatchers.

She indicated that the male subject driving the Nissan asked her if he could throw some drugs away. He informed her that he was not high, but did not want to get caught with the drugs. She informed the subject that he needed to sit down and wait for help to arrive. She provided a written statement detailing her conversation with the subject.

In addition to felony DWI, Alanis was arrested for failure to yield, driving while revoked, no insurance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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