PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities say a suspected impaired driver arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after a two-car crash in north Phoenix had a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the state’s legal limit.
Phoenix police say 36-year-old James Robert Coughenour was booked into jail after Wednesday morning’s accident killed the other driver.
Bond was set at $100,000 at Coughenour’s initial court appearance Thursday. He doesn’t have an attorney yet.
Court documents show Coughenour told police he was on bipolar medication and his pupils were still dilated after getting treatment from an eye doctor earlier Wednesday.
Police say Coughenour told officers he drank seven beers Tuesday night but none on Wednesday.
They say a breath test showed Coughenour had a blood-alcohol level of 0.144 percent, well above the state’s legal limit of 0.08 percent for drivers.
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