Update: Michael DuPuis, now 32, was sentenced Jan. 10 to 18 months of probation and 100 hours of community service after pleading guilty to careless driving resulting in injury, a traffic infraction. Ten other charges were dismissed by the district attorney, according to court documents.
DuPuis’ attorney, Sarah Schielke, said in an email to the Coloradoan that DuPuis was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, and only “trace amounts” of marijuana was found during chemical testing. The cause of the crash, Schielke said, was “a medical event at the time of the crash caused by him choking.”
Loveland Police Lt. Jan Burreson confirmed DuPuis tested positive for marijuana after the crash, but did not specify the amount found in his system.
Original: Police have released harrowing video of a suspected drunk driver plowing into the family picnic area at a Loveland Dairy Queen this weekend.
Michael John DuPuis, 31, was driving east on Eisenhower Boulevard around 12:18 p.m. Saturday when he suddenly went off the right side of the road and crashed a white Toyota Corolla outside of the ice cream store at 300 E. Eisenhower Blvd., according to a news release from the Loveland Police Department.
DuPuis struck a table where a family of four was seated, according to the release. One person was briefly trapped under the car, and all four victims were transported to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
The video shows bystanders rushing to the crash and looking under the car, which appears to have landed, tilted upward, on the table.
DuPuis was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and vehicular assault. He was transported to the Larimer County Jail, where he remained as of Monday afternoon.
Loveland police released the video to emphasize “the reason that DUI and DUID enforcement is a top priority” for the department, according to the release.
“We will continue to be aggressive in our enforcement in an attempt to reduce incidents like this that have a lasting effect on the community we serve,” it read.
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