Man seen in wheelchair on 405 Freeway was seeking services at VA, authorities say
A man who appeared to be in a wheelchair on the 405 Freeway was seen in a wheelchair in the parking lot of a VA medical center in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon, and he was not wearing his walker, authorities say.
The man, whom officials described as having no known medical history, was seen on the eastbound 5 Freeway shortly after 3 p.m. The man was not wearing the walker he was using.
The man, who has been identified by Los Angeles police detectives as Paul Edward Kishta, 30, has been charged with attempting to elude police and driving under the influence of alcohol, authorities said in a statement.
Kishta, who was driving a gray four-door Toyota Camry with a temporary license plate, was last seen driving east on the 405 Freeway and was last seen wearing a light gray shirt and khaki pants. Authorities at the scene at University Station in the 8800 block of North Spring Street said that Kishta was “manifestly intoxicated.”
When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the Camry left the roadway and struck a concrete median wall before turning south and crashing into a curb, police said. No injuries were reported.
According to his arrest report, Kishta “slurred the word ‘drunk’ loudly enough at times to make it very clear he was not intoxicated.” At one point during the investigation, he reportedly said to the responding officers, “I’m not drunk; I’m here to buy an alarm system.”
Kishta is believed to have consumed alcohol and the Xanax prescribed for anxiety before driving. His blood alcohol content was three-quarters of a gram per 100 milliliters of blood, according to the report.
He also has three previous DUI convictions, according to LAPD, including a December 2010 DUI causing injury in Palmdale.
He was released from jail in November. Los Angeles Department of Health Services said Kishta’s next court date is May 11, court records show.
He is scheduled to appear Monday, May 4