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Sep 6, 2013 9:11 PM by Lupita Murillo

Road rage suspect blood alcohol was twice legal limit

TUCSON - News 4 Tucson is revealing new details about the road rage incident involving an off duty Tucson police officer on August 28th.

According to a police report Eric Santos, the man who police say crashed into an innocent woman, leaving her with permanent spinal damage had a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit.

The report, released by the Pima County Sheriff's Department says "The off duty police officer leaves the midtown substation at around 11:00 p.m. He says when he tries to merge onto Aviation from 22nd street he nearly struck another vehicle he described as a dark gray pickup truck.

The officer says the driver sped to get in front of him then slowed to about 20 to 30 mph. The officer says this " Appears to be a road rage incident."

The officer says he tried to lose the driver on the side streets of downtown, he admits they were traveling a high rate of speed. It's at Congress and Interstate 10 when the officer calls his sergeants, and they tell him to immediately call 911.

The officer tells investigators they are traveling down Interstate 10 at speeds of up 100 mph. Just east of Ina road, the officer calls 9-1-1. At that point the driver of the pickup truck starts ramming into him several times.

The officer exits off of Ina road and they're doing 70 mph. He pulls a "U" turn and then heads down Thornydale Road, heading north.

The officer approaches Cortaro Farms Road, looks both ways to make sure there aren't any cars coming and he makes a left turn on a red light. The other driver followed through the light a few seconds later failing to yield and then collides with another vehicle driven by Ashley Stock who was taken to the hospital with spinal injuries.

By then the driver of the pickup truck was identified as Eric Santos.

While at the hospital, the report says Santos showed signs of red, watery, bloodshot eyes. His behavior is described as antagonistic and belligerent. He's also using profanity and he had had a moderate odor of intoxicants from his breath. His blood alcohol level is .17.

Eric Santos declined an on camera interview with News 4 last week. Jail records show he bonded out.


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