Monday, October 15, 2018
Public safety

Autopsy shows man run over by Tampa officer was drunk

TAMPA — William Dale McIntire was extremely drunk in late June when he had his head crushed by a sport utility vehicle driven by a Tampa police officer, according to an autopsy and toxicology report.

The report, released Friday, shows that when McIntire died he had a blood alcohol content of 0.30. That is more than 31/2 times the limit at which the state presumes a person to be intoxicated.

His cause of death was listed as fractures of the skull due to blunt impact to the head. The manner of death was listed as an accident. A notation indicated that he was struck by an SUV while lying on pavement.

Just before midnight on June 28, McIntire, 60, was found lying dead on N 40th Street, near E Flora Street, about two blocks from his home.

Police announced they were looking for a hit-and-run driver. Ten days later, they acknowledged that the driver who hit McIntire was Tampa police Officer Jeremy Dabush.

After the accident, Dabush, 26, was placed on desk duty, police said. An accident investigation remains ongoing.

McIntire's son, Brandley McIntire, said detectives told him Dabush did not realize he hit anyone. He said investigators confirmed through DNA on the bottom of the vehicle that the officer ran over him.

The autopsy report details the injuries McIntire suffered. They included a crushed skull and lacerations to his brain. Every bone in his face was broken.

A surveillance video from a nearby business, obtained by WTSP 10News, showed McIntire staggering along a sidewalk moments before he was hit.

Contact Dan Sullivan at [email protected] or (813) 226-3386. Follow @TimesDan.

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