A 60-year-old man killed after a car he was a passenger in plunged into Bear Creek on Saturday has been identified as Alfred Morris Adams, according to the Merced County Coroner's Office.
The driver of the car, 37-year-old Luron Rushing, allegedly swam away from the submerged car while Adams was left inside the vehicle. Responders also found two dead dogs inside the car.
A preliminary breath test indicated that Rushing had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.13 percent, far above the state's 0.08 legal limit, according to police. Police say he was also driving on a suspended license stemming from a September DUI arrest.
Rushing was booked into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony drunk driving, driving on a suspended drivers license and felony animal cruelty. He’s being held in lieu of $200,000 bail.
— Sun-Star staff