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Ariz. bar patron refuses a ride, dies in accident

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.
/ Source: The Associated Press

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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Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com