Cops: Victim had history of public intoxication

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — Police say a pedestrian struck and killed by a vehicle in South Lake Tahoe had a history of public intoxication.

Police Lt. Brian Williams says 49-year-old Randy Breeton was struck by an SUV on Wednesday while trying to cross U.S. Highway 50 near the Town and Country shopping center.

Williams told the Tahoe Daily Tribune (http://bit.ly/1f4lQgd ) that Breeton was intoxicated to the point he was unable to care for his own safety each of the 38 times he was arrested for public intoxication in South Lake Tahoe over the last five years.

Investigators say Breeton was found to have an open beer can inside his jacket at the accident scene and an autopsy will determine if or to what extent he was intoxicated at the time.

The SUV driver has been cleared of any fault in the accident.

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Information from: Tahoe Daily Tribune, http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/