On September 18, 2009, Jason Botos, 29, was charged with impaired driving in an accident that involved multiple vehicles and left three people critically injured. It was not the start of his problems with the law nor was it the end of them.
According to KETV7, the ABC affiliate in Omaha, Nebraska the accident occurred at approximately 3:30 in the afternoon. It was "a six-vehicle crash that sent five people to a hospital and closed part of Cornhusker Highway.... Three of the drivers suffered critical injuries. Two drivers suffered serious injuries."
At the time, according topolice in Bellevue, Nebraska, Botos already had previous citations for impaired driving, driving with a suspended license and reckless driving.
Alcohol was a factor and Botos was charged with driving under the nfluence. He was subsequently convicted of this offense and released pending sentencing.
However, Botos' legal problems were not yet over. On Thursday, March 11, 2010 he showed up for his sentencing too drunk to go from his father's car to the courtroom. "He was unable to get himself out of the vehicle, he was so intoxicated," said deputy Sarpy County attorney Ben Perlman.
"He was kind of slumped over. Two deputies assisted him," said Sarpy County Sheriff's Deputy Tina Anderson. "He could not walk on his own."
She then administered a Breathalyzer test to Botos, "The test showed he was at a blood alcohol level of 0.43," more than five times the legal limit of 0.08 in Nebraska.
As a result of his drunken fiasco Botos is now also facing an additional charge of failure to appear. In total he faces up to eighteen months in jail, provided he is sober and able to appear at his subsequent court dates.