Police arrest DUI drivers in multiple Arizona holiday car crashes

The Surprise Police Department police have arrested 29-year-old Chalsey Brown, the suspect responsible for a multi-vehicle crash early on New Year’s Day that killed one victim.

Sgt. Tommy Hale, a Surprise police officer spokesperson, said that officers responded to reports of a multi-vehicle crash near Bell Road and Parkview Place at 1:56 a.m.

The investigation then revealed Brown was driving while intoxicated and rear-ended another vehicle while driving westbound on Bell Road. The driver of the other car then lost control and swerved toward a median, and crashed into a palm tree. The other driver, 57-year-old Daniel Duran, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say Brown did not stop. She kept driving and sideswiped another vehicle, causing minor damage. The third driver was not harmed. Officers arrived and found Brown refusing to get out of her wrecked car.

According to police, Brown also showed signs of impairment. After she was taken into custody, a breathalyzer test revealed her blood alcohol level was almost three times the legal limit. Police said that excessive speed and impairment were contributing factors in the fatal crash.

Brown was arrested and booked into Fourth Avenue Jail on charges of manslaughter, endangerment, and DUI.

Arizona’s deadly car crash on Holidays

Arizona Department of Public Safety officer updated that one man died in a wrong-way crash early Christmas Eve on the northbound lanes of Loop 101 in Scottsdale. The crash involving three cars occurred near Shea Boulevard.

Reports suggested that the Arizona Department of Public Safety said that they responded to reports of a wrong-way driver around 2 a.m. Officers at the scene reported three vehicles involved and confirmed a man died, two others were injured.

Still in Scottsdale, on New Year’s Eve around 7 p.m., one woman reportedly died in a wrong-way crash near Hayden and Cactus Roads. Joshua Grabek, 48, was held responsible for the crash. Grabek was driving and hit a rideshare car.

A 58-year-old woman and her 60-year-old husband who was on their way to a friend’s house and their rideshare driver, 56-year-old Girard Grassi Jr., were inside the car. The woman later died in the hospital, while her husband and the driver sustain serious injuries, police said.

Gradek had minor injuries and was later arrested. He is charged with multiple charges including manslaughter and endangerment.

Another car crash on New Year’s Day

As stated by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, a multi-vehicle car crash took the life of a 24-year-old man at a Deltona intersection. On Saturday around 11:25 p.m., deputies responded to a car crash at Howland Boulevard and Fort Smith Boulevard.

As reported by WFTV 9’s Nikki DeMarco, Brandon Michael Morales was driving on Howland Boulevard in a Kia wagon, making a left turn on Howland Boulevard towards Fort Smith Boulevard when the car turned into the path of a 2018 Dodge Challenger, causing the Kia to crash into a pickup truck.

Deltona Fire Rescue says Morales, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the initial crash was transported to the hospital with minor injuries, and the occupants in the truck were not hurt.

While the area was blocked off for the crash investigation, around 2.46 a.m.,the 30-year-old Bryan Morales Perez drove around a marked patrol car with its emergency lights flashing, through the yellow crime scene tape. Law enforcement stopped the vehicle and deputies said they found a cold, half-empty can of vodka and soda in the cup holder.

The sheriff’s office says Perez was arrested on charges of Driving Under Influence (DUI) and resisting an officer without violence after failing sobriety exercises. A breathalyzer test was performed and Perez blew .180 and .173g/210L, more than two times Florida’s legal limit.

He was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail. He was released on Sunday morning after posting $1,500 bail.