Navajo officer to be fired after fatal DUI crash

Navajo Nation has confirmed that the driver of the Red Ford Flex who fatally hit the bicyclist Friday morning was Navajo Nation police officer Kevin Hevel.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - A Navajo Nation spokesman says a tribal officer who is suspected of hitting and killing a bicyclist while driving drunk in Glendale will be fired.

Mihio Manus says termination paperwork for 30-year-old Kevin Hevel will be complete this week. In the meantime, he's on administrative leave.

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Glendale police say Hevel was drunk last Friday when he side-swiped an SUV then struck Peter Rankin, who died on scene.

Police say Hevel then drove through a red light and struck a police vehicle.

The Navajo Nation has said Hevel was in good standing with the tribal police department where he worked for 10 years.

Court records show Hevel has a history of traffic violations.

He faces charges of manslaughter, felony endangerment, DUI and leaving the scene. No formal charges have been filed.

© 2017 Associated Press


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