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Man police said caused fatal accident had earlier DUI

A man facing felony DUI charges for a crash that killed two people early Wednesday morning successfully completed a court-ordered DUI school after an arrest last year.

Hans Bludau’s arrest Wednesday came shortly after a crash that killed Jeanina Esser, 21, and Erick Soto-Soto, 31, about 1 a.m. on Desert Inn Road near Paradise Road.

His blood-alcohol tests in that crash were not available. When he was arrested June 2012, his breath test yielded results of 0.168 and 0.183, well over the legal limit of 0.08.

After having a couple glasses of wine with dinner at Firefly on Wednesday, Bludau’s car swerved into Soto-Soto’s truck, pushing him off the road and causing the truck to flip, according to his arrest report.

Esser and Soto-Soto were crushed by a palm tree.

Bludau, 24, then collided with the center concrete median, left his car and ran from the area, according to the report. A witness to the crash called the police and said she thought the vehicles were racing, the report said.

Bludau denied racing, but admitted to police he had a few drinks and then failed to pass field sobriety tests, the report said.

The tests were inconclusive and police got a warrant for a blood sample from Bludau, who claimed he fled because he was scared and hurt.

Bludau had a suspended temporary license, according to police.

Last year, Bludau was arrested on his way home from the Cosmopolitan when he failed to proceed at a green light while “making out” with his passenger. When he did start the car, he drove with excessive speed and was pulled over, according to the DUI report.

Bludau completed his court ordered sentence of DUI school, victim impact panel, 59 hours of community service and paid a $585 fine, all within the required 90 days of his June 24, 2012 arrest, according to District Attorney Executive Assistant Tess Driver.
Contact reporter Rochel Leah Goldblatt at rgoldblatt@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0264.

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