Viral DWI driver caught again


A Buffalo man whose wild 2015 DWI crash on the Thruway in Batavia was caught on video and who last summer got another DWI has been charged again, this time in Evans, where police said he had a blood-alcohol content of four times the legal limit.

Kiran Thapa, 37, was stopped at 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 on Interstate 90 after several people called police to report an erratic driver.

A state trooper stopped Thapa at the Angola Service Area. His blood-alcohol content was determined to be .32 percent, exactly four times the legal limit of .08 percent.

He also has no license because of at least four previous DWI-related convictions.

He was charged with felony aggravated DWI, felony DWI, felony aggravated unlicensed operation and operating without a court-ordered Interlock.

Thapa made national news in 2015 when he crashed on the Thruway in Batavia.

A dashboard camera on another drive’s car showed Thapa driving a Chevrolet Camaro near Genesee Community College, following a pickup truck in the passing lane, with a tractor-trailer in the right lane. Thapa suddenly swerved and tried to pass the pickup on the left shoulder before swerving back and hitting the truck, pushing it into the tractor-trailer.

The dashboard video was posted on YouTube at and has nearly 8 million views.

Thapa at the time did not have a license because of a previous DWI-related conviction.

He was later indicted by a Genesee County grand jury and ended up pleading guilty to felony aggravated unlicensed operation.

He was sentenced to one to three years in prison, was released, violated parole in June 2018 and served out the remainder of his term.

He was released in September 2018.

In April 2019, Thapa was arrested in Orchard Park after complaints that he was weaving, blocking traffic by going too slow and making a sudden U-turn.

He was found to have a BAC of .26, more than three times the legal limit.

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