A tragic car accident happened in Las Vegas and ended with a driver killed. Both of the drivers involved in the fatal car crash were driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, according to police.
The North Las Vegas Police Department issued a warrant for Summer Butler in June for the deadly car crash that occurred on Jan. 14. Butler was later arrested.
Butler, 37, was charged with DUI resulting in death, reckless driving, and being in possession of a controlled substance in connection with the fatal crash in January, court documents stated. The judge ordered her to stay away from drugs and alcohol because it was a major factor in the fatal car accident that happened months ago.
Butler was given $15,000 bail on Aug. 29. As of Sept. 6, Butler was still detained at the Clark County Detention Center, according to records.
On Jan. 14, North Las Vegas police officers responded to a two-car crash near Cheyenne Avenue and Civic Center Drive.
“Police said a car was making a U-Turn in a center lane, causing the front of another car, which Butler was driving, to collide with it,” KLAS-TV reported. “The driver and the passenger in the first car were both ejected from the vehicle, police said.”
The accident thrust Butler’s vehicle approximately 150 feet before slamming into thick vegetation.
Police said that a trauma paramedic was tending to Butler’s injuries when “a small baggie containing a white substance fell out of the left side of her bra.” Police later confirmed that the white substance was cocaine.
All three people involved in the car crash were taken to a local hospital.
At the hospital, Butler “was acting erratic [and] had to be sedated by medical staff,” according to police.
The other driver died from injuries sustained in the accident.
A police spokesperson told KLAS-TV that officers initially did not suspect the victim was impaired, but toxicology results showed the person was impaired.
Police said the unidentified driver had a blood alcohol level more than three times above the legal limit. The individual also had a “substantial amount of methamphetamine in their system,” according to KLAS-TV.
Nearly two weeks after the deadly car accident, blood tests revealed that Butler had cocaine and marijuana in her system. It was also revealed that Butler had an alcohol level of .102 – which is above the legal limit.
Based on data from Butler’s vehicle, she was speeding at 73 mph one second before the deadly collision, according to law enforcement. The speed limit in the area of the crash is 40 mph.
Records show that Butler previously pleaded guilty to a DUI in Nebraska in 2017.