Police: Pedestrian arrested 38 times on intoxication charges before his death

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — A pedestrian struck and killed by a vehicle in South Lake Tahoe had a history of public intoxication, police said.

Police Lt. Brian Williams said 49-year-old Randy Breeton was struck by a sport utility vehicle Wednesday while trying to cross U.S. Highway 50.

Williams told the Tahoe Daily Tribune that Breeton was intoxicated to the point he was unable to care for his own safety each of the 38 times he was arrested for public intoxication in South Lake Tahoe over the past five years.

Investigators said was found to have an open beer can inside his jacket at the accident scene and an autopsy will determine if or to what extent he was intoxicated at the time.

The SUV driver has been cleared of any fault in the accident.