LAS VEGAS (AP) – Charges of driving under the influence causing death were added Thursday to murder and other counts against a California man accused of stealing an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer’s pickup truck from a casino valet stand and crashing it, killing the officer and a relative as they tried to stop him.
James Robert Montgomery’s blood-alcohol level was 0.197 percent, prosecutor Michael Staudaher said. That is almost 2 1/2 times Nevada’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.
A judge in Las Vegas postponed a preliminary hearing until Oct. 4 after the additional charges were filed in the Aug. 18 crash that killed veteran CHP Officer Jesus Manuel Magdaleno Jr. and Magdaleno’s brother-in-law, Felix Brandon Cruz III.
Magdaleno and Cruz had been in Las Vegas for Magdaleno’s bachelor party, and police say they were loading Magdaleno’s pickup with luggage at checkout time when Montgomery got into the driver’s seat…
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