Navajo Nation police officer arrested following fatal accident

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Kevin Hevel (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff Dept.) Kevin Hevel (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff Dept.)
Kevin Hevel (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff Dept.) Kevin Hevel (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff Dept.)
Bicyclist killed in collision, 61-year-old Peter Rankin. (Source: Glendale Police Dept.) Bicyclist killed in collision, 61-year-old Peter Rankin. (Source: Glendale Police Dept.)
Bicyclist killed in collision, 61-year-old Peter Rankin. (Source: Glendale Police Dept.) Bicyclist killed in collision, 61-year-old Peter Rankin. (Source: Glendale Police Dept.)
A suspected drunk driver is in custody after causing a series of collisions including fatally striking a bicyclist and hitting a police cruiser. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A suspected drunk driver is in custody after causing a series of collisions including fatally striking a bicyclist and hitting a police cruiser. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
GLENDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A Navajo Nation Police Officer has been taken into custody by the Glendale Police Department following a fatal overnight accident.

Kevin Hevel was booked on charges of manslaughter, felony endangerment, driving under the influence and failure to stay at the scene of an accident causing death, according to Glendale police.

At approximately 12:13 a.m., Glendale police dispatched an attempt to locate a possible impaired driver who was driving a red SUV, striking curbs and traveling eastbound on West Glendale Avenue from North 75th Avenue.

[READ MORE: Glendale PD: Suspected drunk driver hits SUV, PD cruiser and fatally strikes bicyclist]

An officer in the area reported that the driver of the red SUV sideswiped another SUV that was traveling in the same direction. Occupants of that vehicle were not injured.

The red SUV continued on and struck a bicyclist traveling westbound.

The bicyclist, identified as Peter Ranking, 61, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The red SUV continued on, running a red light and striking a fully marked patrol SUV. The officer sustained minor injuries.

The driver of the red SUV was detained by officers and was  transported to a local valley hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. he was later identified as Kevin Hevel, 30.

A DUI investigation was conducted and probable cause had been developed in arresting the male driver.

[RAW VIDEO: Glendale PD briefing on suspected drunk driver]
 
Hevel has been a member of the Navajo Nation Police Department since November 2007. He was a patrol officer assigned to the Window Rock District. The officer was attending police related training in Paradise Valley when the incident occurred.

Navajo Nation Police Chief Phillip Francisco said that Hevel has been in good standing with the department and was not known to have a problem with alcohol.

“The fact that one of my Navajo Police Department officers was involved in this incident is very troubling and disappointing to me,” Chief Francisco said. “The on and off duty conduct of police officers is extremely important because as law enforcement officers, we are entrusted with the safety of the public. I have always stressed that we hold ourselves to higher standards. My condolences and apologies go out to the victims in this incident.”

Glendale Police Vehicular Crime Detectives have taken over the investigation.

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