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Alcohol played a role in hit-run accident

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Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2006 10:38 am | Updated: 2:07 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

The man accused of killing Gilbert officer Rob Targosz in a fiery crash on April 29 had alcohol in his system, according to a blood test taken three hours after the collision.

A police report released Wednesday shows 20-yearold Tyler Fahlman had a blood alcohol content of 0.083. The legal limit in Arizona is 0.08.

The Arizona State University student was charged with one count of manslaughter, endangerment and leaving the scene of a fatal crash after his 2005 Ford Mustang ran a red light east on Apache Boulevard and collided with

Targosz’s motorcycle southbound on Price Road.

Fahlman was released from jail three days after the crash on a $270,000 secured bond.

Court records show Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Warren Granville granted a defense motion June 14 allowing Fahlman to attend Scottsdale Community College over the summer as he awaits his trial.

The police report shows Fahlman told officers he ran away because he “was in a state of shock, in a state of fear,” and “had no idea what was going on.”

Fahlman said he told his passenger Ryan Moore the two should leave.

“I said, ‘Let’s get out of here,’ and he concurred,” Fahlman said in the report. “He got in a truck and I got in a truck, and we left.”

A friend of Fahlman told police the man had about four vodka and Red Bull cocktails at the Red Bull Flugtag event at Tempe Town Lake.

Fahlman told police he had not been drinking on the day of the crash. He also told police he was not at the Flugtag event, but was exercising at ASU. He initially denied any involvement in the crash, but later admitted to driving the vehicle involved, the report shows.

“Leaving the scene of an accident . . . that’s a crime isn’t it?” Fahlman asked police in the report.

A search warrant obtained for Fahlman’s car, which is owned by his father, Gregory, showed there were three unopened beers and a container of margarita mix in the car.

Fahlman did not return calls seeking comment Wednesday. He cannot drive to classes and cannot not stay out of his home longer than an hour before or an hour after school.

“I know I screwed up,” Fahlman told police. “I should have stopped and made sure he was OK. Everyone thinks I’m a monster for doing this.”

- Mike Branom contributed to this report

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