Wrong-Way Driver In Phoenix Suspected To Be Nearly 4 Times The Legal DUI Limit
On Tuesday, a wrong-way crash happened involving a driver, accused of killing a Phoenix Fire Department dispatcher, who had a BAC level content almost four times the legal limit of driving when police officers took him to a local hospital, as shown by the court records.
Police officers responding to the accident on Interstate 17 near Camelback Road said that they found 39-year-old Stephen B. Martin lying behind his damaged Chevrolet SUV and asked him 3 short questions: Was the SUV his? Was he driving the wrong way? Had he been drinking alcohol? Martin’s answer to each question was “Yeah”.
He is accused of killing Phoenix fire dispatcher Megan Lange and injuring many other individuals in the accident, which happened around 1 a.m. on Tuesday.
Records also showed that Martin’s BAC level content was 0.313 percent when a sample was taken at the hospital. A driver is considered to be legally under the influence of alcohol in Arizona at 0.08 percent or more.
According to an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer, he observed that the white SUV driving southbound on the northbound lanes of I-17 attempted to create traffic break to stop other motor vehicles from advancing toward the 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe.
According to law-enforcement officials, the SUV driver changed its direction to avoid the DPS officer and was involved in the fatal crash after sometime.
Court records show that Martin told officers at the accident spot that he knew he was in no condition to drive when he chose to drive.
Martin’s girlfriend told the police that she knew Martin was driving against traffic on I-17 and alerted him, but they could not find a location to turn around prior to the accident.
The woman, who also sustained injuries in the crash, estimated that they were driving 40 to 45 mph.
Martin was taken into custody on suspicion of endangerment and aggravated assault, the standard charge in Arizona for suspected DUIs with injury. Officers expected an additional charge connected with Lange’s death to be included.
Court records show that in the year 2006, Martin was taken into custody in Phoenix for driving under the influence of marijuana. Martin was stopped by the police officer who observed that he was driving in multiple lanes of traffic, according to the court records.
Martin later pleaded guilty to possession or use of marijuana and was sentenced to 1 year of unsupervised probation.
News Source: www.AZCentral.com