Tempe PD: ASU grad, mom hit by drunken driver after ceremonyPosted: Updated:
An Arizona State University graduate and his mother were hit by a suspected drunken driver in Tempe as they were walking back from his graduation ceremony on Wednesday, authorities said.
The Tempe Police Department said the investigation revealed Andrew Merriman, 22, of New River was driving a 2009 Ford Mustang and had just left El Hefe Bar on Mill Avenue when he lost control of the vehicle on Fifth Street about 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday. He then struck a mother and son walking on the sidewalk.
Merriman showed signs of intoxication, police said, and he was booked into jail on charges of aggravated DUI, aggravated assault and two counts of endangerment.
Police said records showed Merriman's license had been suspended for failing to appear in Surprise City Court.
Merriman had recently gotten out of the Air Force.
Investigators are working to determine how much alcohol Merriman drank at El Hefe and whether any liquor laws were violated by the bar, Tempe police said.
The son graduated with a master's degree and plans to move on to an Ivy League school.
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