DUI

Driver in Fatal Phoenix Crash Had Blood-Alcohol Level Four Times the Legal Limit



A man who crashed his car into a tree and a wall on the side of Interstate 10 earlier week, killing one passenger and injuring another, was extremely drunk, according to police.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, 34-year-old Edwin Hurt had a blood-alcohol level of .317, which is just about four times the so-called legal limit of .08.

There was no other vehicle involved in the crash, which happened near the 83rd Avenue exit on I-10 Sunday night.

One passenger was killed from head trauma, and the other passenger had skull fractures, rib fractures, a punctured lung, and one arm amputated.

Hurt was officially arrested at a hospital yesterday, on five felony and five misdemeanor charges.

Police also found Xanax in the center console of the vehicle -- which Hurt didn't have a prescription for -- although court documents don't indicate whether police believe he was under the influence of the Xanax as well.

According to court documents, police checked out Hurt's Facebook page, and found photos of him throwing back multiple alcoholic beverages at a restaurant/bar that he'd uploaded before the car crash. Those photos have since been deleted from his Facebook profile.

Hurt has prior convictions for DUI, drugs, assault, contempt of court, "etc.," according to court documents.

He's been transported to the Fourth Avenue Jail.


Read the court filings on the next page:

Edwin Hurt


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