Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever was “legally impaired,” driving under the influence of alcohol when he fatally wrecked his truck last month. A statement released by the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office late Friday afternoon confirms this.
His blood alcohol was above the legal limit, beer and liquor containers were found in the truck.
The alcohol content of his blood was .291, more than three times the legal limit in Arizona.
The black box indicated a speed of 62 miles per hour, no seat belt worn, and the air bag not deployed.
Cochise County Sheriff’s Office Statement:
“On Friday October 5, 2012 the Dever Family advised that they had received information regarding the toxicology results from Sheriff Dever immediately after the accident. The results reportedly indicate an elevated blood alcohol content above the legal limit. It is with great sadness that circumstances surrounding the last few days of Larry Dever’s life culminated to this end.
“The Dever family expressed great sorrow at the findings, indicating that with the recent events in Sheriff Dever’s personal life to include the death of his mother Annie May four days prior to the accident, the Sheriff was still undoubtedly reeling from the stress and pressure of the events at hand. The Dever family advised that they remain so grateful for the overwhelming support and outpouring of love from Cochise County and across the nation, and they pray this report does not diminish the respect and admiration that so many have for such a great man.
“Our thoughts and prayers have been, and will continue to be, with the Dever Family, the Sheriff’s Office Family, and those who knew the true measure of a man that was embodied by Sheriff Larry A. Dever.”