Russell Pearce's Son, MCSO Deputy Sean Pearce, Clocked at 81 MPH, Seconds Before Fatal Crash
The Tahoe and another MCSO vehicle, driven by Deputy David Parra, were "paralleling" the suspect's vehicle on 59th Avenue, as additional sheriff's detectives dogged the vehicle on 67th Avenue, Pearce said.
Seeing Harding's vehicle in front of him, Pearce locked up his brakes, hitting the side of the Nissan head-on.
Neither Pearce nor Parra's vehicle was equipped with sirens or flashing lights. Pearce told the GPD investigator that there was no time to honk his horn.
Pearce submitted to a blood draw, but the report states that no results have been received.
I asked O'Neill about this.
"We don't do in-house blood testing," the PIO told me. "We send our blood samples to the Department of Public Safety's lab for analysis and they haven't completed that yet."
I should note that there is nothing in the report to indicate that alcohol or illicit drug use is suspected of being a factor.
Pearce is the son of recalled, disgraced former state Senate President Russell Pearce, currently First Vice Chair of Arizona Republican Party.
The elder Pearce, an ardent nativist, has often referred to his son Sean in campaign speeches and during interviews.
That's because in 2004, Sean was shot in the abdomen by an illegal alien from Mexico.
At the time Sean Pearce was a member of the MCSO SWAT Team, which was attempting to serve a warrant on a suspect when a firefight ensued, wounding Pearce.
Note: the first version of this post stated that Sean Pearce was shot in 2010. That was incorrect. He was shot in 2004. Sorry for any confusion. You'd think by now I would have committed the history of the Pearce clan to memory.
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