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Fort Lupton man charged with attempted murder in multicar crash

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BRIGHTON, Colo. — A Fort Lupton man has been charged with first-degree attempted murder in connection with a crash that seriously injured a woman from Northglenn.

The multicar crash happened at the intersection of Highway 85 and 124th Avenue on March 2 in Brighton.

Police arrested Jorge Puga, 40, on Tuesday, according to the Brighton Police Department. Investigators believe Puga was driving under the influence of drugs.

Also, he didn’t have a driver’s licence. It had been revoked for a alcohol/drug-related offense, according to the statement.

Police spokesman John Bradley said Puga was driving so recklessly, and with indifference to human life, that it was probable he would kill someone.

Witnesses told police Puga was driving a 2004 Ford Mustang erratically, had passed multiple vehicles at high rates of speed and run red lights at three intersections.

The Mustang slammed into the driver’s side of a 2004 Subaru Outback at the intersection of Highway 85 and 124th Avenue, then slid into two other vehicles, police said in a statement.

The crash trapped a 25-year-old woman from Northglenn inside the Subaru. She was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition.

Besides first-degree attempted murder, Puga is being charged with driving under the influence of drugs; driving under revocation — alcohol /drug related; vehicular assault — reckless driving; and vehicular assault — DUI.