Wrong-way driver in fatal Arizona crash was drunk
PHOENIX – On Thursday, a wrong-way driver who caused an accident and killed an off-duty police officer in a head-on collision on a Phoenix-area freeway, had a BAC level almost 3 times the legal limit of driving, according to the authorities.
The BAC level of Raul Silva Corona was 0.238%, said Officer Carrick Cook, an Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman. The legal limit of driving in Arizona is 0.08%.
On Monday morning, Corona struck with Mesa Police Officer Brandon Mendoza after driving 35 miles in the wrong direction on three freeways. A police officer had slowed traffic at one point and attempted to ram the SUV Corona was driving, but Corona changed the direction and continued driving. 13-year veteran of the Mesa Police Department, Mendoza, was going back to home from work when he died in the accident.
According to the court records, 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.
Corona was a native of Chihuahua, Mexico, who had entered the United States without permission, said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
According to Corona’s family, he had been drinking alcohol hours prior to the accident. His 2 sons said the family had spent part of Sunday together and they attempted to stop their father from driving under the influence that day by taking his keys, but he took a spare set and left several hours before the accident.
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