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Drunk driver found guilty of killing pedestrian in Pacific Beach

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(CNS) - A 45-year-old man with a history of drunken driving was convicted today of second-degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run causing death for running down a female pedestrian in Pacific Beach in February.

Alan Lester Mabrey had a blood-alcohol level of 0.22 -- well above the legal limit of 0.08 -- an hour and a half after striking 24-year-old Emily Dowdy Feb. 7 near Reed Avenue and Mission Boulevard.

Prosecutor Patty Herian told jurors during the trial that Mabrey had several DUI convictions from Texas and Colorado -- including two felonies. Despite those convictions, he drove a friend's Dodge Ram pickup truck a short distance after leaving a bar and struck Dowdy.

As Dowdy lay bleeding and dying, Mabrey went to a nearby Burger King restaurant to get something to eat, the prosecutor said.

A veterinarian who tried to help the victim told police he overheard Mabrey say, "I hit her. I hit her," when he walked back to the accident scene, Herian told the jury.

Dowdy, a supervisor at a local Starbucks, died the next day from extensive brain injuries.

Lakewood, Colo., police Officer Wendy Liggitt testified during the trial that she arrested Mabrey on suspicion of DUI on April 9, 2008, after a report of a minor traffic collision in a parking lot.

The officer said Mabrey left the scene, then returned, telling another officer he shouldn't have been driving because he had been drinking.

Liggitt said Mabrey failed a number of DUI tests and refused to take a blood or breath test.

On the way to a detox center, the officer said she told the defendant that he needed to stop drinking and driving.

"I told him that if he continued, someday he was going to kill someone," Liggitt told the jury.

He could be sentenced to a minimum of 15 years to life in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 15.


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