Scott Gragson

Scott Gragson (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department) 

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The Las Vegas man arrested following a deadly, high-speed crash May 30 had a blood alcohol level of 0.147-percent, according to the District Attorney's office.

One hour after that first test, Scott Gragson's blood alcohol level tested at 0.128%, still above the legal limit of 0.08%, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Tuesday.

About 4:48 p.m. on May 30, the grandson of former Las Vegas mayor Oran K. Gragson was returning home to his Summerlin community, The Ridges, following a charity golf event earlier in the day, according to an arrest report.

Gragson had four passengers in his Range Rover SVR when he approached the community's security. A witness told police Gragson became belligerent with the security guard when she refused to let vehicles behind him enter without checking in to the gated community. Gragson said he was having an after party and the guard should let vehicles pass. After being denied, Gragson sped off, failed to maintain control of the vehicle inside the community, collided with some trees and ultimately crashed, police said.

The three passengers in the backseat of Gragson's vehicle were ejected. One victim died of multiple blunt-force injuries.

Following the crash, police said Gragson attempted to check on his passengers.

The woman who died at the scene was identified Monday as 36-year-old Melissa Newton by the Clark County Coroner's Office.

Friends and family of Newton started a GoFundMe to help pay for funeral expenses. Anyone who wishes to donate can do so here.

The other passengers, identified by Las Vegas police in a release, sustained minor to serious injuries. Greg Tassi, 44, Christopher Bentley, 50, and Kristie Cobbett, 46, were all transported to UMC Trauma for medical care.

According to the police report, Gragson failed multiple field sobriety tests, had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and admitted to having 4-5 drinks over the course of the day.

"We have all seen the stories about these deadly crashes recently," Wolfson said in a statement. "The threat of punishment is apparently not strong enough to get people’s attention. I am now pleading with the members of our community to think twice before getting behind the wheel of a car if they have been drinking."

Gragson was arrested and booked at Clark County Detention Center for three counts of felony DUI resulting in death or substantial bodily harm and three counts of felony reckless driving resulting in death or substantial bodily harm.

Gragson was released on bail of $250,000 on the condition of not drinking alcohol and surrendering his passport.

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These DUI tragedies are awful and should always be strongly illuminated. But to create the public impression that this is the only way people are getting hurt out there is just not the case. China reports more traffic accidents ever recorded and NOBODY is drunk over there. And that's because traffic deaths and injuries are still largely what they've always been since mass production of the first Model-T. Many people are simply BAD drivers. People drive entirely too fast. And the worst one of all: ONE GUY FAILS TO SEE THE OTHER.

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