Suspected drunk driver lands on top of utility box

Published: Nov. 7, 2022 at 9:22 AM MST|Updated: Nov. 9, 2022 at 9:28 AM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A driver is being charged with DUI after causing a chaotic scene in northeast Colorado Springs Monday morning.

Police tell 11 News the driver crashed into several parked cars at the New Summit Charter School before hitting a security guard and fleeing the scene. The driver made it about half a mile before careening into a utility box on Union Jack Way, leaving the vehicle teetering on top of it.

School was in session at New Summit Charter during all the commotion, but no students were hurt. Police tell 11 News the security guard who was hit by the suspected drunk driver’s car will be okay.

The suspect is also expected to be fine. He was identified Wednesday as 28-year-old Austin Pierson.

People who live in the area tell 11 News that the neighborhood banded together to try to help the man. Andrea Neri, who lives in the neighborhood where the car was found on the utility box, said she heard the commotion and went outside to investigate.

She said she saw the driver hitting trash cans with his car before crashing and ending up on the box.

“He got out of his vehicle, kind of started to flop around on the ground like a fish out of water,” Neri said.

She said she noticed liquid coming from inside his car. Gail Labosky, another neighbor, said she came out soon after and noticed what she believed to be gasoline and transmission fluid running down the street.

“I came out with a fire extinguisher and I know CPR,” Labosky said.

Labosky and Neri both said they, along with several more neighbors, came to the driver’s aid.

“He was definitely very erratic,” Neri said. “He was trying to get away from whatever was going on and I think he was worried that we were trying to harm him.”

Neri called police and requested medical assistance, saying the driver seemed to have hit his head on the pavement as he slipped in the liquid on the ground.

She said her main concern was making sure the driver stayed where he was without causing any further harm for both himself and the residents of the neighborhood. That’s where Labosky said her past experience in helping people came in handy.

“I’m a retired nurse, and yes, I don’t have a lot of fear, so I was out there doing whatever I could do,” Labosky said.

11 News has video moments right after the crash, taken from someone who lives in the area.

Police say the driver is facing charges of DUI.

This is a developing story, and we will update as we learn more. We are still working to learn the identity of the driver.