Investigators Suspect Drugs Caused Snow Plow Collision


Syringes and illicit drugs were found in the truck that Mark P. Murro III of Chandler was driving Dec. 13 when he crossed the center line on Highway 260 and collided with a snow plow, a Department of Public Safety officer said Thursday.

"There were syringes found inside the truck, but we weren't able to do a field test on them at the time to determine what kind of drugs may have been used," DPS Officer Tony McDaniel said.

The accident happened east of Christopher Creek and delayed traffic for hours. Murro was sent to the hospital with a head injury and two broken legs. The accident left the driver of the snow plow, Harry Tomerlin of Payson, with bruises.

"The drugs and the paraphernalia that were located in the truck, as well as a blood sample, have been sent in for analysis," McDaniel said. Those tests were sent to the DPS Crime Lab in Phoenix, he said, and it could take weeks to get the results.

"The investigation is ongoing, and Murro has not been charged with anything at this time."

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