Wrong-way driver in Arizona crash was drunk

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A wrong-way driver who crashed into an off-duty Arizona police officer, killing him, had a blood-alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit for intoxication and a prior criminal conviction.

A passerby pauses at a makeshift memorial at Guerrero Park for Mesa police Officer Brandon Mendoza, who died when his vehicle collided on a Tempe, Ariz., freeway ramp after Raul Silva Corona drove 35 miles in the wrong direction on three freeways early Monday morning, on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo)

PHOENIX, Ariz.--- A wrong-way driver who crashed into an off-duty Arizona police officer, killing him, had a blood-alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit for intoxication and a prior criminal conviction.

Officer Carrick Cook of the Arizona Department of Public Safety said Thursday that 42-year-old Raul Silva Corona's blood-alcohol content was 0.238 percent. A driver is presumed to be intoxicated in Arizona at 0.08 percent.

Corona collided with Mesa Police Officer Brandon Mendoza's vehicle after driving 35 miles in the wrong direction on three freeways early Monday morning. Corona also died in the collision.

Court records show Corona pleaded guilty to a 1994 criminal conspiracy charge in Adams County, Colorado.

Details about the crime and Corona's sentence weren't available.


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