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Man arrested in hit-run of bicyclist

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Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 9:16 pm | Updated: 12:36 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Police arrested a man in connection with a hit-and-run crash in east Mesa that left a bicyclist seriously injured on Monday.

Benito Gil-Mendoza, 31, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and hit-and-run about 9 p.m., slightly more than three hours after he was accused of hitting the bicyclist on McKellips Road near Usery Pass Road, according to Mesa police.

The bicyclist, whose name was not released, suffered multiple pelvic fractures, a broken left arm and vertebrae and bleeding on the brain. He was flown to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn hospital, according to police. His condition was not available on Tuesday.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety officer conducted a traffic stop on Gil-Mendoza on Loop 202 at Brown Road after his vehicle matched the description of the one leaving the scene, and said the driver had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.

When a sobriety test was administered on Gil-Mendoza, preliminary results of a portable breath test revealed his blood alcohol content was .21, more than twice the legal limit of .08, according to police.

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