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Report: Sheriff Dever impaired at time of fatal crash

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Report: Sheriff Dever impaired at time of fatal crash

Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever

FLAGSTAFF — Authorities say the Cochise County sheriff who lost control of his vehicle in northern Arizona and died had alcohol in his system.

The Coconino County Sheriff's Office says preliminary toxicology results received Friday indicate that Larry Dever had enough alcohol in his bloodstream to be considered impaired.

The office referred questions on Dever's blood-alcohol content to a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office, who didn't immediately respond to messages.

Dever was on his way to meet family members for a camping and hunting trip near Williams on Sept. 18 when his pickup rolled. He had been traveling at 62 mph along a gravel forest road that doesn't have a speed limit.

An investigative report also showed his seat belt was unbuckled and that Dever had liquor and beer in his vehicle, noting some unopened containers.

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