DUI suspect threatens to kill officers, families during arrest in Mesa

MESA, AZ - A man arrested on suspicion of a DUI Monday afternoon threatened to kill officers and their wives and children.

According to reports, Mesa police responded to a call of an intoxicated individual sitting in a truck at an apartment complex near Emelita Avenue and Longmore in Mesa.

Officers saw the man, identified as 31-year-old Febyruss Benally, leave the truck and enter one of the apartments. He was immediately "irate" and officers could tell he was intoxicated by the smell of alcohol and his bloodshot, watery eyes.

Benally refused sobriety testing, but officers discovered a warrant for his arrest and took him into custody, police say.

Benally repeatedly told police he was going to "kill an officer's wife and kids and bury them" once he gets out of jail and that he "wanted to see another police memorial."

Officers found marijuana and an open can of cold beer in the suspect's vehicle.

Benally had also been reportedly driving the vehicle, which had expired plates, on a suspended and revoked driver's license.

The suspect was booked into jail under charges of aggravated DUI, threatening the officers, having an open container and drug paraphernalia.

Benally has a previous felony drug charge.


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