Sheriff Larry Dever Was Driving Drunk at the Time of Fatal Crash, According to Test

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Late Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever.
Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever was driving drunk at the time of his fatal crash a little more than two weeks ago, according to a toxicology report.

The Coconino County Sheriff's Office relayed the results from the medical examiner, saying that preliminary toxicology results "indicate a level of alcohol associated with impairment was present in the blood of Larry Dever at the time of the fatal motor vehicle accident."

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Dever had been driving around 62 mph and was not wearing a seat belt when his pickup truck ran off the road and rolled, killing the Sheriff.

Beer bottles and cans were found around the site of the crashed truck, but a Coconino County Sheriff's Office spokesman said shortly after the crash that it appeared the beers had flown out of a cooler Dever had in the truck bed.

The spokesman also said a deputy investigating the crash didn't smell alcohol coming from the cab, nor did the deputy find any indication that Dever had an open container in the cab with him.

The Coconino County Sheriff's Office says further information about the toxicology report won't be available until next week.

According to a statement from the Cochise County Sheriff's Office, Dever's family noted that the Sheriff had been "reeling from the stress and pressure of the events at hand," including the death of his mother just four days prior.

"The Dever family expressed great sorrow at the findings, indicating that with the recent events in Sheriff Dever's personal life to include the death of his mother Annie May four days prior to the accident, the Sheriff was still undoubtedly reeling from the stress and pressure of the events at hand," the statement says. "The Dever family advised that they remain so grateful for the overwhelming support and outpouring of love from Cochise County and across the nation, and they pray this report does not diminish the respect and admiration that so many have for such a great man."



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Concerned_Drinker
Concerned_Drinker

Law Enforcement knows most DUI people aren't actually dangerous...it's just such a tried and true money maker.

 

They should set up a course that lets people prove how many drinks they can have before they're actually "impaired".  But revenues would decrease by so much, they'd have to lay off officers..

 

 

Bernie_Bernstein
Bernie_Bernstein

Those pesky coroners. They don't play the cover up game like Arizona sheriffs would like them to

DDDAWG
DDDAWG

The Man with the badge took a play out of the Barkley and Grace playbook and lost.

virgodave001
virgodave001

But he was a Mormon. How could he have been drunk?? I say good riddence! One less anti- Marijuana drunken hippocrite in a position of power. Karma works wonderfully sometimes!

azcharlie
azcharlie

If he was a Democrat, he could have crashed his vehicle into a river and kill his mistress and still end up an honored US Senator.........   Anyone remember Teddy Kennedy????

narizona
narizona

All right so he was driving under the influence ...............what are ya gonna do give him a ticket? .make him do week ends? take his license away ?  .................Leave him be and get over it he wasn't perfect like a lot of you out there Think you are

gvfryer
gvfryer

No, I do not "distain"  anybody -please learn to spell, I think you mean "disdain"- I'm simply stating the obvious truth.  No cop would excuse an illegal drunk driver, no Mormon will allow any "gentile" to enter a temple because they are impure and God knows that Republicans love to tell others how to live and still can't even get over losing the last election.

Touchy, aren't we?

gvfryer
gvfryer

We have every right to criticize and condemn Sheriff Dever. He was an LEO, the kind that's always criticizing civilians. He was a Mormon, who feel they are holier than thou and let you know it, and he was a Republican, those who feel morally superior to Democrats and other "inferior" beings. And here he is, driving too fast and without a seat belt on top of the alcohol  And please, no excuses about hisbeing stressed over his mother's death! He was going to a FAMILY HUNTING TRIP! Is that how he was going to honor his mother, by killing mammals?

And I AM sorry that Arpaio was not in the truck with him.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

My most sincere condolences to the family of Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever.

 

He was a good man who did his job and earned his salary. I even agreed with his political views.

 

RIP Sheriff Dever.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

About 10 years ago, I was a passenger in a car being driven by a drunk driver.

 

The driver of the car began traveling 65 MPH in a 30 MPH zone (this was a residential street) and the driver sideswiped an SUV, shearing off the driver's side mirror.

 

Then the car, still traveling at about 65 MPH, plowed into the back of a left-turning oil truck, cracking the windshield.

 

Then the driver passed out behind the wheel, spun the car to the right, and the car plowed headfirst into a tree at 65 MPH.

 

The airbags deployed. The driver was knocked unconscious and had to be taken to the hospital for about 4 days. I suffered a knee injury and was out of school for 2 days.

 

artgag
artgag

I'm just glad that this drunk didn't kill any innocent people out on the road. if he'd have taken out a family of libtards or a brood of illegal mexicans, that would have been okay, they're not innocent, you know.

remm
remm

I can't help but wonder what people in the law enforcement community and their supporters would be saying if this happened to a civilian instead of a police officer. The victim would assuredly be criticized or castigated by most of them, even after being deceased. However, it is fair to say that we will not hear a peep from these same people regarding the death of Larry Dever (or the death of any other police officer from similar circumstances for that matter). Basically, when a civilian breaks the law and dies, he is branded a "criminal", but when a sheriff does the same thing, he is branded only a "human being" who made a tragic mistake. That being said, BOTH the former and the latter assertion said above are certainly true. Indeed, Dever was breaking the law AND the death of Dever was/is very tragic. However, it brings up the point that I mentioned above - this accident highlights the preferential treatment that members in the law enforcement community receive. All this while holding their civilian counterparts to a higher standard. I, for one, think it should be the opposite. Law enforcement should be held to a higher standard since they are in charge of enforcing laws. And if that's too much, they should at least be held to the same standard as civilians. I don't think that is asking too much. 

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

Sad. This man knew better than to drink and drive. For an experienced driver to loose control at 62mph, the BAC was probably high. peace

Hock
Hock

We're all human, and have human frailties.  Regardless of politics or that he was in law enforcement, it is still a loss to his family and friends.  Just remember that it could happen to anyone.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

If we are to believe JAF and if he is true to his beliefs, he will be on this site posting how Dever got what he deserved, and needed to suffer more.  he broke the law and thus was a bad man according to JAF. myself, i find it a sad reminder that no one is perfect and we all have our own vices. i dont feel he derved to die like this, but JAF does

marcy
marcy

Cops are some of the worst lawbreakers around.

 

Any updates on whether Jan Brewer has managed to get her foot out of her mouth after word came out that the Border Patrol shooting wasn't evidence of an insecure border at all?

 

You can be sure this wasn't the first time Dever had driven drunk, I wouldn't be surprised if his deputies had looked the other way on occasion in the past.

youproductsucks
youproductsucks

 @gvfryer Your bigoted distain for Mormons, Republicans and law enforcement is evident in your justification for being an asshole. 

 

Congrats!

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @artgag The State of Arizona lost a fantastic sheriff and a family is left reeling in pain and sorrow and all you think of is politics and immigration?!?

 

You really need to be committed to a mental institution.

QstionEvythng
QstionEvythng

 @artgag

 Really?!?  Really?!?  Where to even begin?

 

"Libtard" - you can't be more clever than that?  My 4th grader can come up with a better insult than that.  Hell, I doubt you even came up with that yourself - you probably need some rightwing, teabagging blog to write your insults for you because you're intellectually incapable of coming up with your own.   

 

And you really believe that it would have been OK if he killed people simply because they share a different political belief than you do?  It's really come to that - you have a different opinion than I do so you should die!  Is that what you're like at work..."You like this coffee?  I think it sucks. You should be killed by a drunk driver."  Difference of opinion = death.  Is it that simple an equation for you?

 

When did we get to the point that a different political view is justification for wishing death on someone.  What a sad commentary you are.

pszymeczek
pszymeczek

 @remm

 Suffice it to say that, if it hadn't been Larry Dever (who apparently isn't a very observant LDS member) we would have seen the actual BAC number. 

pszymeczek
pszymeczek

 @royalphoenix

 62 mph on any dirt road is too fast for conditions, even if a person is stone cold sober.  Back in about 1968 or 1969, my sister totaled a '62 Chevy Bel-Air when she lost control on a dirt road, went into the ditch and hit a culvert (Fortunately, she was OK, but my dad was not a happy person, since he had paid for that car).  And she was only going about 35 mph, if memory serves.

marcy
marcy

 Driving drunk is not something that "happens" to you or anyone.  It's something you do, or don't do.

 

 

remm
remm

 @Hock Sadly, you will never hear a police officer say that about a civilian drunk driver who died under the same circumstances. 

gatedcommunity
gatedcommunity

 @marcy the insecure border is precisely the reason why multiple border patrol agents rush to investigate a tripped sensor. a secure border would eliminate the need for sensors and hasty responses which sometimes lead to tragic accidents.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @marcy Amazingly Jan is actually sticking to her story with her foot in her mouth.

 

Facts don't matter to Jan or most of the GOP

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @marcy GED Jan's foot is constantly in her mouth.

 

She does that quite frequently, you know.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @youproductsucks  Actually Rachel, you are pathetic.

 

I brought up the story because I know firsthand the dangers of drunk driving and being a passenger in a motor vehicle operated by a drunk driver.

 

If you really are in law-enforcement, as you claim, then you would see where I come from on the issue of drunken driving.

 

But I know you are just a disgraced, suspended lawyer.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @pszymeczek  @remm

 I'm curious why the B.A.C. hasn't been released. I will assume because it's probably very high and there is no good that will result from further tarnishing his reputation upon his death. Seems it should be released, however.

Hock
Hock

 @marcy That's the problem with DUI.  Alcohol lowers your inhibition, so you're more likely to make poor choices.  I'm not saying it's acceptable, I think it's one of the problems with the issue.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @remm  @HockI tried replying to your question below, Hock. It didn't work for some reason. My reply was intended for remm, not toward your comment, sorry for the misunderstanding. Your comment was very valid.

 

Hock
Hock

 @remm  @Hock Perhaps...equally sad is one of the biggest problems with law enforcement is that they've lost their humanity.  I still have mine.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @remm  @HockYou've obviously never been the police officer who has to go to the home of a 17 year old boy who just killed himself while driving drunk, and tell the parents their son was no longer living. Remm, your comment about the double standard is intriguing. In most agencies the officers are held to the higher standard than their civilian counterparts, in every aspect of behavior. I find it interesting that the actual percentage of Blood Alcohol Concentration (B.A.C.) was not released. That seems very odd, but there obviously is no prosecution involved since he paid for his crime with his life and there is no greater punishment. I'm not at all surprised that he had been drinking. Being a sheriff doesn't make his decision any better.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

 @MaskedMagician1967  

 

I usually agree with you but on this one I have to respectfully disagree.

 

The mormons, like most religions, do feel they are superior to the rest of the populace that does not believe the way they do.

 

The Republicans also in general expound this type of belief as proven by Mitt and his 47% fubb, where he was actually speaking from the heart and his true beliefs, he just didn't expect anyone who felt differently to see it.

 

Stressed out about a family tragedy therefore he was drinking and driving? As a professional LEO he should have known from experience and training that that is the absolutely worst time to drive, let alone drive drunk.

 

The only one who showed disdain for Law Enforcement AND the law is Larry Dever, he should have known better.

 

I feel for his family and am sorry this happened to him but I have to agree with gvf on this one.

 

 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @youproductsucks Still awaiting copyright permission.

 

You know, I actually follow the law. Including 17 USC 501, 17 USC 506, and Article I, Section VIII, Clause VIII.

youproductsucks
youproductsucks

 @MaskedMagician1967 Then tell me, how is your newest (or only) commercial going to make me unemployed?  You know, the one you are waiting to hear back from The Doors on?

 

Too many lies to keep up with, Jason?

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @remm  @Tommy_Collins  @Hock

 remm, I am speaking from 20 years of experience as a police officer in Colorado. My story isn't B.S., it's about life. I worked for an agency that actually believed in holding officers to a higher standard of behavior and they were disciplined when they violated that standard, and it was made public. I know what you're talking about in law enforcement, however. My step-son is a three year cop in Florida and he has a whole different attitude about what policing is about, and the ethics involved. For the record, I don't like how this Dever issue has been handled, anymore than most of you might. I do use reading glasses this days remm, but my distance vision is still right at 20/20, so it appears I'm not nearly as blind as you give me credit for. What I didn't say to the parents is the direct evidence of the crash indicated the boy had taken his own life. We completed the investigation as simply driver error. But, I'm only talking about my experiences and not generalizing, as some folks tend to do. I appreciate your thoughts.

remm
remm

 @Tommy_Collins  @remm  @Hock I'm sorry TC, but you pretty much just proved my point unless while telling this boys parents about the death you tried to justify it by saying he is only human and was upset (I'm calling b.s. on your entire story, though) . I highly doubt that would be something a cop would say to a drunk drivers parents. The point I was trying to make is that when a LEO dies while breaking the law, it is considered tragic but justified since he is a human being. When a civilian dies under the same circumstances, it is indeed tragic, but there is no mention or justification (especially from law enforcement) that he/she is only a human being bound to make mistakes. Civilians are considered lower and LEOs considered higher on the totem pole and if you can't see that you are blind.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @MaskedMagician1967Sure was. The kid wrapped the front end of Plymouth Volare around a traffic light pole, in excess of 45 mph, no indication of braking. He had just been dumped by his girlfriend and found someone to buy him a six pack of beer. Sad day for the family.

 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @Tommy_Collins  I presume that when you were active law enforcement, you were the police officer who had to go to the home of a 17 year old who just killed himself while driving drunk.

 

That has to be one of the toughest aspects of law-enforcement.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @Hock  his comment was aiming at  remm     

Hock
Hock

 @Tommy_Collins  @remm @Tommy Not sure I follow why you posted that about my (Hock) comment.  Be interested in your explanation.

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