Funeral set for Chandler police officer killed by suspected drunk driver

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CHANDLER Ariz. – Funeral services are scheduled for a Chandler police officer killed by a suspected drunk driver.

Officer David Payne died early Friday morning after his motorcycle was rear-ended while he was stopped at a red light.

A public viewing has been scheduled for Friday, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., at the Valley of the Sun Mortuary, 10940 E. Chandler Heights Road, in Chandler.

Services will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., with graveside services following at Valley of the Sun Cemetery, 10940 E. Chandler Heights Road.

The procession to the cemetery will depart from the Chandler Center for the Arts and travel east on Chandler Boulevard to McQueen Road, then south on McQueen Road to Chandler Heights Road and west to the gravesite.

Police said Payne was on duty when a vehicle struck the back of his motorcycle at Chandler Boulevard and Pennington Drive. Doctors pronounced him dead shortly after the crash.

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

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 near the scene of the collision.

Anyone interested in making financial contributions to Payne's family may do so at any branch office of Arizona Bank & Trust.

Account #9361089137
Family Support Group, Inc.
Fallen Officer Fund

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