Murder arrest in Ash Fork DUI crash

2013-04-29T12:46:00Z Murder arrest in Ash Fork DUI crashBy ERIC BETZ Sun Staff Reporter Arizona Daily Sun
April 29, 2013 12:46 pm  • 

A Chino Valley man has been arrested on second-degree murder following a fatal accident south of Ash Fork last night.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, a man driving a 1992 Jaguar sedan was drunk when he rear-ended another vehicle on Highway 89 south of Ash Fork.

The car the DUI suspect hit was forced off the road into some trees and flipped, coming to rest on its roof. The suspect was combative with officers while they were arresting him, according to officials.

The victim, whose name has been withheld until authorities notify next of kin, died from injuries suffered in the collision.

The crash happened at about 8 p.m. some 10 miles south of Interstate 40. The Arizona Department of Transportation said that the highway was closed from 11 p.m. last night until 3 a.m. this morning, as law enforcement investigated the crash scene.

DPS officials said that investigators were at the crash scene until 7 a.m. today.

Roger Mace, 52, was booked into the Yavapai County jail on charges of aggravated assault on an officer, second degree murder – conduct causing a grave risk and criminal damage, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

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