Driver Pleads Guilty in Fatal DWI Crash on US Hwy 67


SAN ANGELO, TX — A crash involving a pickup truck and farm equipment on US Highway 67 near the Tom Green Runnels County line in 2020 resulted in one fatality. It led to a DWI investigation on December 14, 2020. 

On April 10, 2024, court documents show that the driver had pleaded guilty and was sentenced to prison. 

The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed the crash and the subsequent arrest of the driver, identified as 41-year-old Joshua Joseph Corfield, for driving while intoxicated.

According to DPS reports, the crash occurred on the evening of December 14, resulting in the death of 40-year-old passenger Bret Mohler at the scene. Corfield was transported by San Angelo Fire/EMS to a local hospital prior to the arrival of DPS units, where multiple empty alcoholic beverage containers were found in the vehicle.

DPS troopers later located Corfield at Shannon Medical Center but were informed that he had refused treatment and left the premises, being picked up by his father. Upon making contact with Corfield at his residence, authorities took him into custody to conduct a DWI investigation.

The investigation at the San Angelo DPS office included a Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test, which Corfield failed, displaying clear signs of intoxication. Additional observations noted by the trooper included Corfield's unsteady stance, slurred speech, slow movements, and a strong odor of alcohol.

Despite Corfield's claim of consuming alcohol after the accident, video evidence contradicted his account. Interviews with Corfield's wife revealed ongoing concerns about his daily drinking habits, which had been problematic for approximately three years.

A blood sample was taken from Corfield with his consent and sent for analysis. The evidence collected at the scene and from Corfield's person led authorities to determine that his intoxication was a factor in the crash that caused the death of his coworker, Mohler.

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