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Police: Man arrested in fatal wrong-way accident on Phoenix freeway said he knew he was drunk

This undated booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Stephen B. Martin. Authorities said the Phoenix man arrested in a wrong-way freeway accident in which a fire department dispatcher was fatally injured had a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit. The Arizona Department of Public Safety also said that 39-year-old Martin said after the Tuesday morning accident that he knew he was drunk and shouldn't be driving.   (AP Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)

This undated booking photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Stephen B. Martin. Authorities said the Phoenix man arrested in a wrong-way freeway accident in which a fire department dispatcher was fatally injured had a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit. The Arizona Department of Public Safety also said that 39-year-old Martin said after the Tuesday morning accident that he knew he was drunk and shouldn't be driving. (AP Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities say a Phoenix man arrested in a wrong-way freeway accident in which a fire department dispatcher was fatally injured had a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety also said that 39-year-old Stephen Martin said after the Tuesday morning accident that he knew he was drunk and shouldn't be driving.

According to DPS, a woman in Martin's SUV said they couldn't find a place to turn around on Interstate 17.

DPS said he had a blood-alcohol level of .313. The legal limit is .08.

Martin remained jailed on suspicion of second-degree murder and other crimes.

He didn't have a lawyer when he appeared in court Wednesday.