An Arizona driver who allegedly caused a head-on collision in the Phoenix
area on May 11 apparently had a blood alcohol content level that approached
three times the legal limit. The driver, age 42, is accused of
DUI in connection with the accident, which occurred after he reportedly drove
a whopping 35 miles on the wrong side of the road, traveling on three
freeways before he was apprehended. The head-on collision killed a police
officer who was a 13-year veteran of the force.
Officers say the victim was driving home from work when he died. Other
police officers had been working to contain the alleged drunk driver,
but he was able to evade them. Further, his family members say they attempted
to prevent their relative from driving, but he obtained a spare set of
car keys and left their company.
Family members have confirmed that the man was drinking alcohol before
the crash. A Breathalyzer test showed that the man's blood alcohol
level measured at 0.238 percent. That value is significantly higher than
the legal limit for being considered intoxicated in the state of Arizona.
Authorities say the defendant has not yet been officially charged, but
he does have a criminal record dating back to 1994. The man pleaded guilty
to a criminal conspiracy charge in Colorado that year; details about that
case were not immediately available. Further, immigration authorities
report that the defendant is a Mexican national who came to the U.S. without
It is not yet clear whether that will have a bearing on his case. Criminal
defendants who are also facing immigration action could have special needs
in criminal court. This man is potentially facing other serious charges
because someone died in a crash he allegedly caused.
Source: ABC News, "Wrong-Way Driver in Arizona Crash Was Drunk" No author given, May. 16, 2014