Driver's BAC three times legal limit in Highway 260 accident

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CAMP VERDE - The following is a press release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office:

On January 10, 2008, at approximately 5:30 P.M., Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a reported vehicle accident on Highway 260 and Mission Lane. Upon arrival, deputies found a completely burned out black Ford Crown Victoria sitting in the middle of Highway 260. The preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of this vehicle, 23-year-old Phoenix resident Sean Murphy, collided with a parked Nissan sedan while traveling east on Mission Lane. Murphy continued driving and traveled several hundred feet, which included 60 feet of brush, before crashing through a barbed wire fence. The vehicle then launched over a 30' drop off before landing in the eastbound lane of Highway 260 and bursting into flames.

A motorist, who witnessed the vehicle land on Highway 260, assisted Murphy from the vehicle before it became fully engulfed in flames. Murphy suffered lacerations and abrasions from the incident and was transported to the Verde Valley Medical Center. Deputies found alcoholic beverage containers on scene which were associated with Murphy.

The investigating deputy contacted Murphy at VVMC and after a medical clearance, placed him under arrest for DUI. Murphy was transported to the Camp Verde Detention Center for processing. A check of his blood alcohol content three hours after the accident indicated a reading of .230, nearly three times the legal limit.

Murphy was charged with several counts including Extreme DUI (over.15). Due to necessary follow-up medical care, Murphy was cited and released to his parents pending court. No booking photo is currently available.