Sheriff Larry Dever's Blood-Alcohol Level Was More Than Three Times the "Legal Limit"

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Late Sheriff Larry Dever
Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever's blood-alcohol level was .29 at the time of his fatal crash, which is more than three times higher than what's considered to be the "legal limit" of .08.

The autopsy report from Coconino County says Dever died from injuries related to the crash, including a broken collarbone, fractured ribs, and blood collecting in a torn lung, among other injuries.

See also:
-Sheriff Larry Dever Was Driving Drunk at the Time of Fatal Crash
-Sheriff Larry Dever Dies in One-Car Wreck on Dirt Road Near Williams
-No Indication Dever Had Been Drinking
-Sheriff Larry Dever Speeding at 62 MPH on Dirt Road Without Seat Belt Buckled

There's an Arizona law against driving "impaired to the slightest degree," DUI laws, but in many cases, a level of .08 or higher is what qualifies someone for a DUI arrest.

The autopsy report shows Dever's blood-alcohol level was .291, which would have qualified him for what's considered "super extreme" DUI, which is applied to drivers with a level higher than .20.

Dever had been driving around 62 mph and was not wearing a seat belt a couple weeks ago 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. He added that a deputy reported not smelling alcohol coming from the cab of Dever's truck.

Late last week, the Cochise County Sheriff's Office said Dever's family "expressed great sorrow" after hearing the toxicology results "indicate[d] a level of alcohol associated with impairment."

"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 said. "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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americanreal
americanreal

and another of ombummer's enemies bites the dust. There is a special place in hell for the dicktator and his cronies

snowman
snowman

Flashlight...let's not forget Horne's little accident.  Tom Horne is a pimp.  He's working the ladies at the Attorney General's Office.

 I bet he smacks Jan Brewer around when she doesn't produce. 

 Tom Horne is Arizona's "man whore".  Every" man whore" has a gold Jag like pimp daddy Horne. 

flashlight
flashlight

Hard week for the right wing nuts; first, border patrol agents killing each other, but blaming the Mexicans for it. Now we have teabagger sheriff killing himself under the influence, sleazy family does not apologize to the community.

grossdc2
grossdc2

It is amazing he was without his seatbelt and was over the limit 3 times and he was a law enforcement officer? what a double standard if we had been caught for both offenses we would have been thrown under the jail

royalphoenix
royalphoenix

Thought the bac was going to be high. What a tard he turned out to be. peace

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

Who allowed Sheriff Dever to drive with a .291 BAC?!?

 

He does not deserve a free pass just because he was a sheriff and he was popular. He broke the law with a .291 BAC and he very easily could have killed an innocent driver on his way from Cochise County all the way to Coconino County.

 

Still, I will offer my most sincere condolences to Sheriff Dever's family.

bpgdean
bpgdean

babeu now claims Illegal immigrants  sold the liquor to deaver.  ged jan blames president obama for allowing the liquor to cross the border from mexico. 

Guest
Guest

Horne will initiate his own investigation, and has directed Babeu to lead the investigation.  What a joke.  Arizona needs help.  Jan as already "cleared" Dever. 

Garfield
Garfield

I've never been much of a drinker, but I don't think that I've probably ever reached three times the legal limit in general, let alone while driving. I know that there are a lot of variables... body weight, length of time over which that the alcohol was consumed... but can any of you alkies ballpark estimate the amount of liquor needed to achieve three times the limit for, let's say, a 180 pound man? a six-pack? a pint of jack? just a rough idea, if you can.

mikefrombisbee
mikefrombisbee

Mother of freakin' God. He could have killed anyone on that forest service road - kids, hunters, campers, hikers, ATV riders, birdwatchers, whoever.  He would have had no control at all over his vehicle. What an egotistical asshole.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

DONT try to rationalize it with excuses like, the death of his mother. THERE IS NO EXCUSE. as a representative of the law, he knew that. the police dont give anyone a break on DUI's, so there should be no tolerance for his situation either. it is a shame that it happened, and i feel bad for his family, but, STOP MAKING EXCUSES for his mistake. just because he was a sheriff doesnt  mean the passing of his mother is worse than the passing of anyone elses mother. depression is not a get out of jail free card. he screwed up just as many other people have. would his mothers death still make it understandable or less of a crime if he had killed someone else in the accident? just be sorry it happened, dont try to explain away his guilt

Ihatedrunks
Ihatedrunks

three times the limit?!? this shows his complete and utter disregard for the safety and well-being of others on the road. it's amazing that he didn't kill an innocent motorist. consider my respect and admiration for this "great" man diminished to zero.

eeniemeenie
eeniemeenie

As sad as this is for Sherrif Dever's family and friends, it just goes to show how hypocritical law enforcement officers and politicians can be.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @grossdc2You are aware that he died from the crash, yes? He wasn't thrown "under the jail" as you suggest. I believe he was buried.

 

I'm sure his family is very grateful no one else was injured or killed because of his bad decision.

marcy
marcy

 @cochisecountyresiden I'm just curious how a county sheriff can go around without a phalanx of security and a personal, country paid, driver like Joe Arpaio.  I thought spending millions of taxpayer dollars on personal security and driving drunk sheriff's around was part of the county sheriff gig.

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

 @MaskedMagician1967 No one allowed him to drive with that BAC!  He chose to do so, to his detriment. That is why cops stop suspected DUIs when they see them.  Because it is not safe, and there are others that can be impacted by the stupid behavior of a drunk driver.

 

Hate cops all you like.  Hell, you can hate Devers if you have a beef with him.  But, by and large, cops are out there trying to make sure the rest of us get home safely.

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

 @MaskedMagician1967 ????????who allowed him??? he's the sheriff........WHO's gonna stop him.   oops....that little question answered itself. it is sad, but also proves that there isnt a single person or cop who is without fault. had he lived I am sure people would have been demanding we give him another chance or saying he just slipped once. yet those are the same things that are met with intolerance if it is someone who is not in law enforcement. guilty is guilty whether you wear a badge or not. and when you wear a badge you should be setting the example for others to follow...........................what? no JAF on this article? he'll be quiet also when the civil suit ruling comes in on Arpaio too

OverAZIssues
OverAZIssues

 @MaskedMagician1967

 If someone was to ever arrest him for DUI, any elected offical or someone in political circles; that officer would lose his career, home, retirment,  and be black balled for any future employment for many years to come! This is Arizona! 

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

 @bpgdean And Napolitano claims that the border is safer than ever from those who would smuggle tequila to a thirsty Arizona town

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @Guest Horne has a conflict of interest, as he's facing some serious allegations from MontyPug, a fellow Republican, over his election as state Attorney General and his campaign-finance shenanigans.

 

The Bald Bunion is just like twice disgraced, corrupt, narcissistic and mentally sick Pearce: politically irrelevant.

marcy
marcy

 @Garfield It's more than how much, how quickly also matters.

 

For a normal male weighing 180lbs it would take about 12 beers over two hours to hit 0.24, Dever was almost certainly an alcoholic who had driven drunk numerous times in the past.  Few drunks kill themselves or get caught the first time they drive drunk and Dever looks like he's spent more than a few years boozing it up.

 

I wonder how many times his deputies knew the boss was sloshed and driving and looked the other way?

 

I'm also sure Dever had a moral compass that justified his repeated breaking of the law while preaching out of the other side of his mouth about how wrong it was for others to not respect the law.

Garfield
Garfield

 @mikefrombisbee What about the period of time before he was on the forest service road? he was probably well on his way to his unrighteous buzz while operating a lethal weapon on more populated roadways.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @danzigsdaddy  Just because you hold a powerful office does not grant you immunity from the law. 

 

Yes it is sad when a respected public official dies in the manner in which Sheriff Dever did. Dever was a man that everyone could get along with. And yes I do agree with you that when you wear a badge you should be leading by example. 

 

This state has absolutely no balls when it comes to going after public servants (the feds dropping the MCSO investigation, the Bald Bunion, MontyPug, twice disgraced, corrupt, narcissistic and mentally sick Pearce, Horne, GED Jan, etc.)

 

JAF was apparently returned to the mental institution from which he escaped and he was heavily medicated. He is still pissed that Rachel left him for me (She's a lot happier, BTW).

bpgdean
bpgdean

You're correct, Deaver was just another  drunken bum...is that better?  ged jan and studboi babeu blame everything wrong on illegal immigrants.   STFU...real nice...let me guess, you're a birther republican, right?  Or just rude?

bpgdean
bpgdean

thank you...I'm glad someone got it. 

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

 @MaskedMagician1967  @bpgdean The fact that you lumped all Republicans with Jan, or Joke, shows that you are little better than he was.  We are not all of the same belief all the way down the line you know.

 

If you want to talk drunken bums, tell me about any of the Kennedy family.

Tommy_Collins
Tommy_Collins

 @MaskedMagician1967  @bpgdeanI took his comments as being sarcastic and not directed toward anyone but Babeu and Mrs. Brewer, due to their poor choices on blaming pretty much everything on illegal immigrants.

 

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967

 @bpgdean A drunken bum defines GED Jan.

 

GED Jan, the Bald Bunion and quite a few other Republican miscreants blame illegal immigrants for everything.

 

Your comment had absolutely NOTHING to do with the article and the fact that you blamed illegal immigrants for causing Dever's death was highly unnecessary.

 

No I am not a TeaBagger. I am an Independent. And I can be quite frank when I need to be.

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