PD: Driver who caused fatal crash had .310 BAC

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PHOENIX -- A woman accused of causing a deadly crash while driving drunk on Saturday morning had a blood alcohol level of .310 -- nearly four times the legal limit -- according to court documents released on Monday.

The crash happened at approximately 1:30 on Cactus Road near 40th Street.

Police said Michelle Nicole Ayers, 33, was speeding in a 2002 Chevrolet Blazer eastbound on Cactus Road when she slammed into the back of a 2006 Ford Expedition that was traveling in the same direction and in the same lane.

The Expedition was forced off the roadway and struck a block wall and a tree. The 47-year-old male driver of the Expedition, identified as Christopher Kutcher, was killed.

Police said Ayers was unsteady on her feet and had poor balance. She had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and an odor of alcohol on her breath. She also admitted that she had been drinking.

During Ayers initial appearance in court, a representative from the Maricopa County Attorney's office asked for a bond of no less than $500,000. The representative did say that Ayers had no prior convictions.

"But the fact the defendant was driving with such a high BAC I don't believe that there is any reason to believe that this is not something that could happen in the future," said the represenative from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.

The bond was set at $7,500.

PD: Impaired driver causes fatal crash