by: Donald Cyphers
Syndicated by: Montana News
Billings man Alan Valdez was arrested and charged with 6 criminal counts of which two were misdemeanors. According to a court hearing, on Sept 24, 2016 at 1:30 in the morning, Billings Police Officer Kramer was sent to the area of Grand Ave and Zimmerman Trail for a report of a two vehicle crash with injuries. Billings Police Officer Z.V.W. was an off duty Billings Police Officer and was involved in the crash.
When Officer Kramer arrived on the scene, he noticed a black Mercedes Benz that appeared to be parked just North of Zimmerman Trail and facing west. This vehicle appeared to have sustained heavy front end damage and was leaking fluid. Billings Police Officer Kramer then notices a red Dodge Challenger that was 70 feet past a fence line and was in an adjacent field north of the intersection.
According to the Court hearing, Billings Police Officer Kramer noticed that Alan Valdez appeared to have signs of impairment slurred speech and just a faint odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath. After a records check in the NCIC data base, Officer Kramer learned that Valdez previously had his driver’s license status suspended, and that he a prior conviction for aggravated Driving Under the Influence in 2012 and that there were several active warrants for his arrest that were outstanding.
A passing witness by the name of Joshua Kougle, told Billings Police that he did not see the actual crash but that he was on foot in the area when the crash had occurred. He told the Police officer that he located Alan Valdez passed out behind the wheel of the Black Mercedes.
Another witness by the name of Stuart Simonson told the Police that he witnessed the black Mercedes run a red light at the intersection and then hitting a red Doge vehicle in the passenger side as it was traveling with a green light.
Emergency crews had to extract Billings Police Officer Z.V.W. and his wife S.M.W. from their vehicle that they were in. All told, there were four individuals that were transported to the Billings Clinic and St. Vincent’s Hospital for treatment. Billings Police Officer Z.V.W. suffered injuries to his back and leg and was experiencing a concussion which caused him to lose consciousness for a while after the crash occurred.
The Montana News has requested the information from the City as to whom the identity of the Billings Police Officer is. Once that information is revealed, will update this article.