DUI suspect tried to run, affidavit says

A suspected drunken driver in a traffic accident Wednesday tried to leave the scene in his damaged sport utility vehicle, which eventually broke down and stopped running, according to an arrest affidavit.

Edward Wildrick, 45, then tried to walk away before he was stopped by bystanders after a two-car accident at 27 1/2 and Patterson roads, the affidavit said.

Wildrick denied the claims in a first court appearance Thursday.

County Court Judge Craig Henderson ordered Wildrick held on $15,000 bond for suspicion of vehicular assault, drunken driving, reckless driving, hit-and-run involving serious injury, and possession of an open container of alcohol.

Wildrick was the suspected driver of a Ford Explorer that police say hit a Dodge minivan broadside around 3:30 p.m.

Wildrick allegedly ran a red light while heading west on Patterson at 27 1/2 Road, slamming into the minivan as it was turning east onto Patterson Road.

Six people — a female driver and five children ranging in age from 3 to 10 — were inside the minivan.

All were treated and released Wednesday night from St. Mary’s Hospital, police spokeswoman Kate Porras said.

According to the affidavit, Wildrick failed roadside sobriety tests and claimed he’d consumed “one and a half cocktails,” along with two separate prescription pills.

The results of blood-alcohol-content tests are not listed in the affidavit.

An officer removed an open, alcoholic-beverage container from Wildrick’s SUV.

Wildrick told officers he was an alcoholic, but “he was not wasted today,” the affidavit said.

Formal filing of charges is scheduled June 5 before District Judge Thomas Deister.


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