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Mike Darr Was Drunk in Fatal Crash

March 13, 2002

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PHOENIX (AP) _ San Diego Padres outfielder Mike Darr was legally drunk when he rolled the SUV he was driving and died last month, authorities said Wednesday.

Darr and Duane Johnson were killed in a Feb. 15 accident near the Padres’ spring training complex in Peoria, Ariz.

Darr and Johnson weren’t wearing seat belts and were ejected. Minor league pitcher Ben Howard, who was in the back seat, was wearing his seat belt and walked away with just scratches.

Darr’s blood-alcohol level was 0.11 percent, The Arizona Republic reported on its Web site Wednesday. The state’s legal limit is 0.08.

It’s unclear, however, whether alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash, said Officer Frank Valenzuela, a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The primary cause may have been driver inattention, he said.

Investigators also determined that Darr was driving at 65 mph, the legal speed limit where the crash occurred, Valenzuela said.

The Padres had no comment when contacted by The Associated Press.

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