$750K bond for suspect in Chandler policeman death

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX (AP) -- Court records say a Tempe man was driving on a suspended license and had a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit when he allegedly struck and killed a Chandler police officer.

Bond was set at $750,000 for 31-year-old Brian Yazzie during his initial court appearance Monday.

Yazzie was arrested early Friday on suspicion of manslaughter, endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident with a death.

He allegedly collided with the back of Chandler police officer David Payne's motorcycle, which was stopped at a red light.

Police reports state that Yazzie was driving with a suspended license following a previous DUI arrest and had a 0.291 percent breath alcohol concentration when officers stopped him.

Yazzie is to get a court-appointed attorney for his next appearance Nov. 6.

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