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Police say drunken Idaho man evades officers, crashes car, injures passenger

January 21, 2019

Lake Havasu City Police officers were traveling west on McCulloch Boulevard on Jan. 12, where they allegedly observed a vehicle swerving heavily within its lane of traffic. After the vehicle made a wide right turn onto Riviera Boulevard, the driver accelerated away from officers at a high rate of speed, the report said.

Officers pursued the vehicle, which allegedly sped through a four-way stop at the intersection of Riviera Drive and Mesquite Avenue.

When police attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the vehicle accelerated further, the report said. At the intersection of Riviera Drive and Palo Verde Boulevard, the vehicle’s driver, later identified as 41-year-old Idaho resident Tommy J. Bromley, attempted to stop too quickly. He lost control of his vehicle, the report said, and struck a curb and a large rock before finally stopping in the front yard of a Palo Verde Boulevard residence.

Bromley was detained at the scene, as was a passenger in Bromley’s vehicle.

The passenger sustained a minor head injury, the report said, and complained of having glass in his right eye. The vehicle itself had sustained significant damage in the accident, and the vehicle’s windshield was cracked on the passenger’s side, indicating that the passenger had struck his head on the windshield as a result of the crash, the report said.

The passenger was transported to Lake Havasu Regional Medical Center for evaluation and treatment.

The driver was arrested at the scene and transported to Lake Havasu City Jail, where he allegedly showed visible signs of impairment. A breath test at the jail registered his blood-alcohol concentration as 0.122 at the time of his arrest, the report said.

Bromley allegedly told officers he and his companion had left a McCulloch Boulevard bar that evening, after an encounter with what he believed to be a white supremacist.

He was quoted by police as saying he left the location to avoid an altercation, and he believed that the alleged white supremacist was following him when officers pursued his vehicle.

Bromley was charged with misdemeanor counts of DUI, reckless driving and endangerment.

— Staff reports