Driver who destroyed $385K Ferrari in West Austin crash identified, charged with DWI

The driver who crashed a limited-edition Ferrari in West Austin last Friday has been identified in an affidavit as 28-year-old James Allen.

According to the Austin Police Department, Allen was driving the $385,000 sports car in excess of 100 mph on Red Bud Trail just before 2:30 a.m.

The Austin Fire Department says the sports car went off the bridge after failing to make a turn, flew 40 feet in the air, and flipped over before landing at the bottom of a 40-foot ravine.

When officers arrived at the crash scene, they said they noticed an "odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from Allen's person." Numerous beer bottles and cans were found inside the Ferrari as well--though the exact count was impossible to determine due to the level of destruction the car suffered.

The two passengers in the Ferrari, a male and a female, both identified Allen as the driver.

Police interviewed Allen at the hospital, where he admitted to being downtown at "Steampunk for like 45 minutes." Allen also told police he drank two beers "a couple hours ago" and they were coming from downtown.

According to an affidavit, Allen's speech was slurred during the interview, and became belligerent in the middle of the officer's questioning.

James Allen is charged with driving while intoxicated.

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