While Houston police investigate the death of a man whosetruck smashed
through a guardrail and plunged into Greens Bayou Wednesday, the man who says he was chasing the driver told Hair Balls his side of the story.
Aryan Kaivani, a DJ and producer who goes by DJ Buddha, is "believed to be connected to this case," HPD spokesman Kese Smith told Hair Balls. Kaivani was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated about an hour after the accident, and Smith said he could not elaborate on Kaivani's alleged connection to the case because the investigation is ongoing.
But Kaivani tells us he's a victim, and is incredulous that the police are considering him anything other than a witness to the accident.
According to Kaivani, he was driving in a caravan of vehicles on their way to a CD release party early Wednesday morning when a Ford F-150, traveling 90-100 miles per hour, came "out of nowhere," and smashed into Kaivani's Lincoln MKX. This allegedly occurred on I-10 near Highway 59 and downtown.
"Dude takes off, and I take off after him...and I right away call the police," Kaivani told Hair Balls. He said his call was connected to an HPD sergeant, who told Kaivani to get a description of the pickup. Kaivani, who said he was driving about 120 miles per hour, got the plate and then backed off. (Note to readers: it might not be the wisest decision to drive 120 miles per hour, even if some dude runs into your car. In fact, we're hard-pressed to think of an instance where it's ever a good idea to drive 120 mph on a freeway).
"I'm not familiar with the area, but when he exits Normandy, he runs a red light and almost kills a couple more people," Kaivani said. "I was just thinking this dude is drunk or something."
Kaivani, who was still talking to the sergeant, said he lost the driver at a red light; when he continued, he got to a curve in the road, and it was obvious the truck went into the bayou.
"I almost went in the bayou myself, and I was only going 40, 50 [mph]," he said.
Kaivani said he then drove toward home and was considering going to a hospital because his legs were hurt from when the pickup hit his SUV. When he stopped at a gas station to inspect the damage to his vehicle, he said, a police officer arrived and started questioning him.
"He's real cool," Kaivani said of the officer. He added that the officer told him, "'Next time, if someone does like this to you...shoot first and tell the police he was reaching for something.'" He also said the officer asked him, "'How do you know he didn't try to kill you on purpose?'"
After 30-60 minutes, Kaivani said, the officer left, and Kaivani went inside the convenience store for a soda. When he walked back out to his SUV, he found himself surrounded by police cars.
Kaivani said one officer, referring to the driver in Greens Bayou, said, "'We don't know if you put him there or not.'"
According to Kaivani, the officers cuffed him and put him in the back of a squad car for four to six hours, even though he was asking for medical attention. He said they then asked if he had been drinking; Kaivani said he wasn't, but admitted to taking "one puff on a joint" twelve hours prior.
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They gave him a field sobriety test, and he agreed to a blood test and even asked officers to expedite it so he could get to a hospital, Kaivani said. After they brought him to a police substation, they told him he would possibly be charged with murder, Kaivani said. They were also suspicious of a wad of money in his pocket. (Another note to readers: Remember what we said about it not being a wise decision to drive 120 on a freeway? If, for some reason we can't think of, you absolutely had to drive 120 mph, try to do so without having inhaled any illegal substances recently. Or telling the cops about it if you did).
"I'm the victim of the crime here," Kaivani told Hair Balls, adding, "I'm guilty until proven innocent."
He said he wasn't impaired and that the DWI is merely "a bogus charge so they could hold me." Overall, Kaivani said, "they treated me like I was...a cold-blooded murderer." (HPD's Smith said Kaivani "exhibited the signs of intoxication or impairment.")
This was already a mysterious incident to begin with, and Kaivani's claims just raise the bizarre ante. We eagerly await the results of HPD's investigation.