(Denver Post file)

Drunk, stoned driver who hit two Colo. state patrol cars takes plea deal

A man who was drunk and high when he crashed into two Colorado State Patrol cars in January has taken a plea deal to avoid jail time.

On Jan. 11, Keith Kilbey, 24, drove his truck into a Ford Crown Victoria and pushed it into a Dodge Charger, both of which were State Patrol vehicles stationed on the ramp to Interstate 76 from Interstate 25.

Kilbey on Wednesday pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and was sentenced to 30 days of in-home detention and 18 months of probation.

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After the crash, officials quickly said they believed marijuana was involved. However, arrest reports did not contain any details about the marijuana allegation, showing the difficulty the state has in tracking stoned-driving cases.

The troopers, who weren’t in their vehicles at the time, were not injured in the accident. Kilbey was charged with driving under the influence and careless driving.

According to the Adams County district attorney’s office, Kilbey had a blood-alcohol content of .268, more than three times the legal limit, and 10 nanograms of active THC from marijuana, which is twice the limit at which Colorado law says juries can presume impairment. Kilbey was ordered to do 48 hours of community service and pay a $600 fine in addition to restitution, which will be determined later.

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