Police Arrest Man in Apparent Drunk Driving Incident in Flagstaff

Police arrested a man for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. Police deputies arrested a man who was reportedly driving his vehicle and failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of Route 66 and Fourth Street in Flagstaff on Tuesday, October 18, injuring another driver.

Police officials affirmed that officers called to the scene of an automobile crash said a man driving a white Dodge SUV failed to stop at a red light and smashed into another car that was waiting at the intersection. When they arrived on the scene, police deputies said the operator of the Dodge SUV was still in his car.

Police reports also indicate the driver of the Dodge had a bead of drool running from his mouth down to his chin, prompting deputies to perform field sobriety tests and check the man’s blood alcohol content.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports police officers had to physically reach inside the SUV to engage the parking brake after the driver seemed unresponsive.

“I asked him again for his drivers license and he reached for a small container of Altoid mints and attempted to hand them to me,” an officer reportedly stated in his official report.

Deputies arrested the driver under the suspicion of operating his vehicle under the influence of alcohol. He was reportedly taken to the Coconino County Detention Facility. There, police said he blew a .238 BAC on an Intoxilyzer device. The state limit in Arizona is 0.08.

Though they initially did not release the man’s name, police later revealed his identity, affirming the driver of the Dodge is 54-year-old Phoenix resident David Craig Lancaster. Investigators said the driver of the other car was an Australian man. He reportedly suffered minor injuries as a result of the collision.

It is not known whether the driver of the other car has contacted an injury attorney to file a civil suit against Lancaster.

The state of Arizona has sought to crack down on drunk drivers over the past few years as it aggressively works to lower the number of alcohol-related car crashes and fatalities. In 2010, 223 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. Moreover, 3,724 people were injured as a result of their involvement in alcohol-related crashes last year.