Driver in wrong-way Arizona crash was drunk

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PHOENIX – On Thursday, authorities said that a wrong-way driver, due to which an off-duty police officer died in a head-on collision on a Phoenix-area freeway, had a BAC level almost 3 times the legal limit of driving.

According to an Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman, Officer Carrick Cook said that 42-year-old Raul Silva Corona’s BAC level was 0.238% when the accident happened. A driver is said to be impaired in Arizona at 0.08 percent which is the legal limit for driving.

On Monday morning, Corona struck Mesa Police Officer Brandon Mendoza after driving 35 miles in the wrong direction on three freeways. At one point, a police officer had slowed traffic and attempted to push the SUV Corona was driving, but Corona changed direction and continued on. The head-on collision occurred on a ramp linking U.S. 60 to I-10.

When Mendoza, a 13-year veteran of the Mesa Police Department died, he was getting back home.

Corona pleaded guilty to a 1994 criminal conspiracy charge in Adams County, Colorado, and prosecutors dismissed charges of burglary, assault and leaving an accident scene, according to the court records. His sentence and more information about the charges against him were not available.

According to his family members, Corona had been drinking hours prior to the accident. His 2 sons have said the family had spent part of Sunday together and they attempted to stop their father from consuming alcohol and getting behind the wheel that day by taking the keys of his motor vehicle but were unsuccessful. He left the house several hours before the accident he caused.

According to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Corona was a native of Chihuahua, Mexico, who had entered the United States without permission. He was living there illegally.

News Source: www.MercuryNews.com

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