DPS: Suspect in wrong-way crash that killed Mesa officer had BAC level 3 times legal limit

MESA, AZ - A man that drove 35 miles along multiple Phoenix freeways in the wrong-direction before crashing into a Mesa police officer had a blood alcohol level close to three times the legal limit.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Carrick Cook said Raul Silva-Corona had a BAC level of .238 percent at the time he crashed into Mesa Officer Brandon Mendoza's vehicle. Both men were killed in the crash.

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DPS officers said they first started getting calls about a wrong-way driver around 12:30 a.m on Monday. Officers said the driver was initially spotted on Loop 101 at Cactus Road in Scottsdale.

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Cook said the driver continued going the wrong direction on Loop 101 and got on State Route 51 also going the wrong way, where officers tried to intercept the vehicle. The driver eventually got on Interstate 10 going against traffic.

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Cook said the suspect was driving the wrong way on the westbound ramp to US 60 in Tempe when he crashed into Mendoza's vehicle on Monday morning.

Amber Cargile with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said DHS records show that Silva-Corona unlawfully entered the U.S. in 2003, and is a native of Chihuahua, Mexico.

Court records show that Corona pleaded guilty to a 1994 criminal conspiracy charge in Adams County, Colorado, and prosecutors dismissed charges of burglary, assault and leaving an accident scene. His sentence and more details about the charges against him weren't available.

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