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Idaho man 'admitted to drinking' before hitting teen on bike, police say

OTIS ORCHARDS, Wash. - A man accused of hitting a teen with a pickup truck and then taking off had a past DUI arrest and other criminal driving convictions, according to court documents. 

Authorities responded to reports around 8:37 p.m. Tuesday that someone hit a 17-year-old boy who was riding a bike near Wellesley and Harvard in Otis Orchards. The teen, later identified as Conrad Willems, had serious injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital. A witness told police the truck didn't slow down at the intersection when it collided with the young biker. 

 

 

Stephen G. Renfro was found shortly after that in the Chevy truck that was seen at the scene of the collision. Court documents detail that Renfro admitted to authorities that "he had been drinking." Investigators also said he appeared intoxicated. 

When asked about what happened, Renfro said he hit someone and "was trying to turn around to go check on him." He admitted that he didn't know where he was and that he had "two or three beers" before the incident.

Authorities took a blood sample to test whether he'd been drinking after Renfro said "he'd rather not" perform some sobriety tests. 

Renfro was charged with vehicular assault, hit and run, operating a vehicle with a suspended license, operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock and attempting to elude police.

Renfro was arrested for DUI in Idaho in February. Court documents reveal his license was suspended and he was ordered to have an ignition interlock device, which is a breathalyzer for an individual's vehicle. Some of his past convictions in Idaho also include careless driving, driving without privileges, and possession of a controlled substance.

Meantime, Willems remains in the hospital. His pelvis was broken in three places, he broke his tibia, fractured his scapula and had to get multiple stiches. Doctors said he will have to relearn how to walk due to his injuries. 

On Thursday, Willems spoke with KXLY from his hospital bed. He said he is in unbearable pain that causes him to shake. 

 


Willems described himself as a small town kid that loves riding horses, bullriding and working out. Due to his injuries, he does not know if he will be able to do those activities ever again. 

Renfro's next court appearance in Spokane County is May 21 at 9:00 a.m.


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