Tempe PD arrest alleged drunk driver, investigating bar after serious accident

TEMPE, AZ - Tempe police say a man faces several charges and a bar is under investigation after a serious collision involving two pedestrians on Wednesday.

Tempe police Lt. Michael Pooley said in a news release that the 22-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle causing him to hit two people walking on a sidewalk on 5th Street around 11:30 p.m.

Both victims were knocked to the ground.

Pooley said the victims were a man who had just graduated from Arizona State University and his mother, who was visiting from out of state. They had just attended the young man’s graduation ceremony when they were struck.

The mother was taken to the hospital with very serious injuries, Pooley said.

Pooley said the investigation showed that the driver had just left El Hefe Bar on Mill Avenue and he showed signs of intoxication at the time of the accident.

The driver was booked into jail on charges of aggravated DUI, aggravated assault and two counts of endangerment.

Pooley said part of the investigation includes trying to determine the amount of alcohol the driver consumed at the bar and whether any liquor laws were violated by the business.

ABC15 is not identifying the driver as he has not been formally charged.

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