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Driver in fatal wreck was intoxicated, police say

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published February 26, 2010 at 12:24 p.m.

— The driver in a 2009 wreck that killed a man who was pushing a sport utility vehicle on University Avenue had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit, according to police documents.

Christopher Whitehead, 37, of Little Rock, turned himself in Thursday night on a charge of negligent homicide, police records show.

Whitehead was driving a Chevrolet Blazer north on University Avenue about 12:30 a.m. July 4 when he struck 30-year-old Larry Scarver, who was pushing his GMC Yukon off the roadway near Interstate 30's westbound exit, police said. Scarver's wife and four children were in the Yukon, which had run out of gas.

Scarver was crushed between the two vehicles. Responders found him in the street with serious injuries and transported him to UAMS, where he died that afternoon.

Whitehead told authorities the Yukon did not have its lights on and he was unable to stop by the time he saw it, according to a Little Rock Police Department probable cause affidavit.

A blood test taken about four hours after the accident revealed Whitehead had a BAC of 0.23, according to the affidavit.

Whitehead was released from the Pulaski County Detention Facility Thursday night after posting a $5,000 bond, officials there said.

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