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Driver drunk in deadly crash, Arizona police say

| Thursday, May 15, 2014, 9:33 p.m.

PHOENIX — A wrong-way driver, an illegal alien, who killed an off-duty police officer in a head-on collision on a Phoenix-area freeway had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit, authorities said on Thursday.

Officer Carrick Cook, an Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman, said 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, 42, collided with Mesa police Officer Brandon Mendoza after driving 35 miles in the wrong direction on three freeways early Monday. At one point, a police officer had slowed traffic and tried to ram the sport utility vehicle that Corona was driving, but he swerved and continued.

Mendoza, a 13-year veteran of the Mesa Police Department, was on his way home from work when he was killed.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Corona was a native of Chihuahua, Mexico, who had entered the United States without permission.

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