May 15, 2019 03:21 PM
A 56-year-old man is charged with first-degree assault after he allegedly hit a mail truck with his vehicle in St. Louis County, seriously injuring a mail carrier.
A criminal complaint says officers responded to an accident report on Dorchester Drive in Hoyt Lakes at about 10:53 a.m. on May 8. When officers arrived, witnesses said a man, later identified as Alan Lynn Birt, had been driving his new 3/4 ton truck with a push bumper and winch.
The complaint says witnesses stated they thought the truck was "maxed out" judging by how the truck sounded as it came down the road, and one estimated the truck to have been going 80 mph when it struck a mail truck.
When Birt's truck hit the mail truck from behind, a woman was ejected from the mail truck onto the roadway.
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The complaint states witnesses who rushed to help the carrier saw Birt yelling and ranting in a nearby field. When officers approached him, he became uncooperative and needed to be tased, the complaint says, but he was still combative and required four officers to take him into custody.
Police said Birt later admitted he was upset with the U.S. Postal Service and knew there was a carrier in the truck when he intentionally crashed into it, the complaint states. While he was at the hospital, officers asked if he remembered anything from the crash, to which he allegedly replied, "Yeah, I killed that (expletive) useless mail carrier." After officers said the crash didn't kill the woman, Birt responded, "Well, someone should," the complaint states.
The 55-year-old carrier was taken to the hospital with a life-threatening head injury, including a skull fracture and four broken ribs, according to police.
Birt faces up to 20 years in prison, up to a $30,000 fine or both.
Updated: May 15, 2019 03:21 PM
Created: May 15, 2019 12:54 PM
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