St. Louis Man Identified, Charged in Crash with Tow Truck Driver

Jan 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Missouri, National News

Prosecutors today charged a St. Louis man in connection with Tuesday’s crash that injured a city tow truck driver.

Adam Bortscheller, 29, was charged with second-degree assault. Police suspect him of driving while intoxicated when he struck the tow truck driver, according to reports. The crash happened at 1:50 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25.

An officer who was investigating an earlier crash involving a driver who hit two parked cars and fled the scene saw Bortscheller strike the tow truck driver as the driver loaded one of the cars involved in the crash onto his tow truck. The tow truck driver, Jeffrey Hudson, 50, was thrown into the air before landing in the street, reports state.

Hudson was hospitalized with possible broken ribs and arm injuries. He was treated at St. Louis University Hospital and released.

Bortscheller, according to reports, was disoriented, smelled of alcohol and had trouble standing. His blood alcohol content was 0.198, more than twice the legal limit. Bortscheller was jailed and bail was set at $30,000.

The driver from the first accident is still at large.