Bar patron refuses ride, dies in wreck

August 31, 2009 12:49:53 PM PDT
A 21-year-old man who refused a ride and tussled with a cab driver who tried to stop him from driving was dead a few minutes later after rolling his sport utility vehicle. Witnesses told police that Caleb Schmidt was drinking late Friday into Saturday morning at a north Phoenix bar. They say they pleaded with him not to get behind the wheel early Saturday morning.

Police say Schmidt even tussled with a cabbie who tried to block him.

As he drove off, witnesses say Schmidt immediately lost control. The SUV did a 180-degree-turn, struck a concrete median and hit a tree. The vehicle rolled onto Schmidt, who had fallen out of an open door. Schmidt died in the accident.

Schmidt's blood alcohol content could not be determined at the time.

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