A Mesa man allegedly was under the influence of alcohol when he drove through a stop sign and slammed into a car just a half-mile from his home.
Angel Moreno Diaz, 66, faces a Sept. 2 trial in Franklin County Superior Court on one felony count of vehicular assault. He has pleaded innocent.
Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Riddle responded at 5:40 a.m. June 5 to a two-vehicle crash at Casper Road and Road 170.
Riddle found that Diaz’s pickup failed to stop on Casper and struck a car traveling south on Road 170.
The car’s driver, Maria Antonieta Flores, suffered a broken ankle in the crash. X-rays showed the ankle was fractured in three places, Riddle wrote in court documents.
Diaz was immediately detained at the scene after Riddle noted a “strong odor of intoxicants” coming from the driver’s breath.
Diaz was unable to perform field sobriety tests, but a roadside breathalyzer test registered at 0.139 percent, documents said. The legal limit to drive in Washington state is up to 0.08 percent.
Once at the Franklin County jail, Riddle was unsuccessful in getting a breath sample from Diaz using a machine so he got a search warrant to draw blood for analysis.
Diaz is out of custody on his personal recognizance while awaiting trial.
He was ordered by Judge Alex Ekstrom to wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet known as the SCRAM CAM with weekly reporting on the results.