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Monday, Sep 01, 2014

Driver jailed on DUI-manslaughter charge

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ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg man was booked into Pinellas County Jail on Tuesday on charges he was drunk when his car struck another one in November, killing his passenger.

Christopher Davis, 53, was charged with driving under the influence—manslaughter and vehicular homicide in the death of his passenger, Cathy McMahon, 42.

Shortly before 7 p.m., on Nov. 11, Davis was driving his 1992 Buick Roadmaster on Fourth Street when he tried to turn left on 54th Avenue North, driving into the path of an oncoming Toyota, and the cars collided, according to an arrest affidavit.

McMahon was taken to Bayfront Health System St. Petersburg, where she later died. Davis was taken to Bayfront to be treated for minor injuries, and the driver of the Toyota was treated at the scene, St. Petersburg police have said.

According to the arrest affidavit, Davis’ blood alcohol level at the time of the wreck exceeded the legal limit of .08 percent. About 90 minutes after the wreck, his alcohol level was .077, the affidavit shows.

In addition, at the time of the wreck Davis reportedly had watery, bloodshot eyes with constricted pupils; a dazed, blank expression on his face; slurred, mumbled, and raspy speech; tremors of his arms and chest; slow, lethargic movements of his arms; and an odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath, the affidavit says.

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