Navajo officer charged with second-degree murder in fatal DUI crash

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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 (AP) -

A Navajo Nation police officer arrested in a fatal DUI crash in Glendale has been charged with second-degree murder.

Kevin Hevel also faces four counts of endangerment, stemming from the crash last week.

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Glendale police say Hevel was drunk when he side-swiped an SUV before driving onto the sidewalk. Authorities say he hit bicyclist Peter Rankin, throwing him into a light pole. The 60-year-old Rankin died.

Police say Hevel then drove through a red light and struck a police vehicle.

Hevel told officers he had a lot to drink. His blood-alcohol content was .0235. The state's legal limit for driving is .08.

[RAW VIDEO: Glendale PD briefing on suspected drunk driver]

The Maricopa County Public Defender's Office says it hasn't yet assigned an attorney for Hevel. 

Navajo Nation spokesman Mihio Manus says Hevel will be served termination papers Friday.

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