New details released on Navajo Nation police officer accused in fatal hit and run

- New details have been released on the man behind the wheel of a car that allegedly killed a bicyclist, and hit a patrol vehicle in Glendale last week.

The driver in question is reportedly a police officer, and court records indicate his blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit at the time of the crash. That person, identified as 30-year-old Kevin Hevel, may lose his job.

Hevel is reportedly a Navajo Nation police officer, and he is facing manslaughter and DUI charges. Hevel is accused of hitting and killing 60-year-old Peter Rankin.

According to court records, Hevel told police he had been drinking at the Westgate Entertainment Center, and then drove off.

Several witnesses reportedly called 911 to report his erratic driving, and at 59th Avenue and Glendale, Hevel allegedly drove onto the sidewalk, sideswiped a car, and hit Rankin.

Rankin, who was reportedly riding his bike on the sidewalk at the time, was thrown from his bike and hit a light pole. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Hevel than allegedly slammed into a Glendale Police vehicle.

Officers reportedly said Hevel's eyes were bloodshot, and they could smell alcohol. A blood test reportedly showed Hevel's Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was .235, nearly three times the legal limit.

According to the Navajo Nation, the police department is expected to fire Hevel. The termination paperwork is in progress, and will reportedly be completed by the end of the week.

Meanwhile, Hevel's bond is set at $200,000.


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