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Taunton man faces drunken driving charges after allegedly lying about road rage crash in Fall River

A 42-year-old Taunton man is facing charges after he allegedly crashed his truck cab while driving drunk, then lied about it, saying that the crash happened when someone in another car had fired shots at him in a road rage incident.

Luis Cotto faces charges of operating under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and a marked lanes violation, State Police said in a statement.

Troopers responded to a fiery crash on Route 79 under the Braga Bridge in Fall River on Feb. 19. They found Cotto unconscious and hanging over a jersey barrier, while his truck cab was engulfed in flames. A trooper pulled him to safety, State Police said.

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Cotto was taken to Charlton Hospital, then to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. After he left the hospital, he gave several interviews to media saying that the occupants of a black vehicle had fired at him, State Police said.

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Troopers investigated the crash and looked for any evidence that Cotto had been shot at. They concluded his story was false, then confronted him with their findings. Cotto recanted his previous story, State Police said, and he was charged.

He will be arraigned later in Fall River District Court, State Police said.