A Phoenix man charged with manslaughter had a blood alcohol level of .369, according to a court document.
Police placed Leland Belone, 24, in a medically-induced coma in order to subdue him after his arrest late Tuesday afternoon.
Belone struck a vehicle carrying two passengers stopped for a red light on Jesse Owens Parkway at Baseline Road, police said.
After the collision, Belone, along with his passenger, backed up, turned around and drove to Third Street and St. Charles.
Police said two witnesses saw Belone in the driver’s seat holding his friend’s head, shaking him in attempts to wake him up. They also said Belone was trying to resuscitate him.
“The witnesses noted a strong odor of alcohol coming from the interior of the vehicle,” the court document stated.
Police and paramedics arrived and the pair was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital, where the passenger was pronounced dead.
A sample of Belone’s blood was taken and analyzed at the hospital lab, showing an alcohol concentration of 0.369.
Officers executed a search warrant to obtain a sample of his blood, which was sent for further analysis.
The following morning, when police questioned him, Belone admitted he was driver. He said he had consumed two to three 24-ounce beers one to two hours before the crash, the court document stated.
He said he couldn’t remember anything about the accident.
Belone was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on one count of manslaughter, one count of leaving the scene of the accident and one hit-and-run count.
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