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Tests show Auburn driver in fatal Federal Way crash was drunk

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on Dec. 30, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
December 30, 2010 6:29 pm

A 35-year-old Auburn man had a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit when he ran a red light in Federal Way, crashing his Chevrolet Suburban into a car and killing its driver, according to court documents released today.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Emmanuel Franco, 21. His last known address was in Federal Way, police said.

Bail was set at $500,000 today for Lagrant D. Pegram, who’s accused of running the red light early Wednesday at South 320th Street and Pacific Highway South.

Pegram, who was arrested on investigation of vehicular homicide, made his first court appearance today at the Regional Justice Center in Kent and remained in jail there.

The King County Prosecutor’s Office has until Monday to file charges against him.

A breath test after the crash showed Pegram had a blood-alcohol content of 0.242, three times the legal limit of 0.08, according to probable cause documents.

Before the breath test, Federal Way police say they determined Pegram was drunk by having him perform field sobriety tests.

Police say Pegram has been arrested 30 times and his convictions include felony vehicular assault in 1993 and driving under the influence in 2007.

Franco, who died at the scene, was driving west through the intersection when the accident took place about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

The Suburban was traveling north on Pacific Highway South and hit Franco’s Honda on the driver’s side, police said. South King County Fire & Rescue extricated Franco from his car.

Pegram was not hurt.

Witnesses told police the Suburban drove through the red light, which a check of the traffic camera at the intersection confirmed, police said.

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