A man accused of driving under the influence when a vehicle he was operating slammed into a west Las Vegas bus shelter, pleaded guilty Friday.
A spokesperson with the Clark County Courts confirmed Gary Lee Hosey entered guilty pleas to five felony driving under the influence counts in connection to the Sept. 13, 2012 crash that killed four people.
Hosey faces up to 80 years in prison, as well as a mandatory sentence of at least 24 years behind bars, the spokesperson said.
According to Las Vegas Metro police, Hosey, 24, was behind the wheel of a Chevy Monte Carlo heading eastbound on Spring Mountain Drive when it passed Decatur Boulevard about 6:30 a.m. that day.
A police officer reported seeing the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed.
Police said the officer saw the vehicle hit a drainage dip, go airborne, lose control and hit a bus stop shelter, which had several awaiting pedestrians.
Metro said Hosey, whom identified himself to officers as the driver of the wrecked vehicle, was observed crawling out of the vehicle while three other occupants were trapped. Those occupants would later be extracted by use of the jaws of life, police said.
Metro also said several of the pedestrians struck at the scene had already succumbed to injuries shortly after first responding emergency units arrived. A total of seven people were also hospitalized in the wreck, police said.
In an arrest report, police said an officer made contact with Hosey, who appeared to have bloodshot watery eyes, slurred speech, an unsteady gate and the odor of alcohol coming from his breath. According to the report, Hosey blew a blood-alcohol content above the illegal percentage of .08.
Since the arrest, Hosey's counsel has contended for the retesting of blood samples from the incident.
Sentencing was scheduled for Nov. 1.
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