- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

LAVEEN, Ariz. (AP) - A suspected drunken driver has been arrested in connection with last month’s car crash in Laveen that killed a woman and seriously injured her husband.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials say 55-year-old Michael Cherney was taken into custody Thursday on suspicion of manslaughter, aggravated assault, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

It was unclear Friday if he has a lawyer yet.

Investigators say Cherney ran a stop sign and struck the minivan’s passenger side on Aug. 21.

The crash killed 44-year-old Elizabeth Valenzuela and injured 56-year-old Manuel Valenzuela.



Sheriff’s officials say Cherney had a blood-alcohol level of 0.20 percent, well above the state’s legal limit of 0.08.

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