Malik Sealy's killer admits drinking 8 beers before latest arrest

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 2, 2008 - 12:02 AM

The driver convicted in death of the Wolves player said he had had "eight or more" beers, according to a complaint.

Souksangouane Phengsene

The man whose drunken driving killed Minnesota Timberwolves player Malik Sealy about eight years ago was charged Tuesday with first-degree drunken driving after his arrest in Minneapolis over the weekend.

Souksangouane Phengsene, 51, of Minneapolis said he had had "eight or more" beers at a birthday party that evening, according to a criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court.

A preliminary breath test from him registered 0.189 percent, the complaint said, more than twice the legal limit for driving. Results are pending of a blood-alcohol test taken at the Hennepin County Medical Center.

Phengsene was stopped by a state trooper before 2 a.m. Sunday on Interstate Hwy. 35W near 36th Street in south Minneapolis, driving 64 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone, the complaint said.

The trooper noted in his report that Phengsene couldn't stand, his breath "reeked of alcoholic drinks" and he could hardly speak. The trooper also said Phengsene's eyes were bloodshot and watery.

He was jailed on $50,000 bail.

Phengsene was convicted of and imprisoned for criminal vehicular homicide after driving the wrong way and killing Sealy in a crash on Hwy. 100 in 2000. His blood-alcohol level then was 0.19 percent.

Phengsene pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide. He was released from prison in July 2003.

In 2006, he was arrested again, this time in Crystal, with a 0.21 percent blood alcohol level. For that, he was sentenced to a year in the workhouse and six years' probation. Because Phengsene had pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide, not drunken driving, in Sealy's death, the earlier sentence did not enhance the one in the 2006 case.

He was also convicted of drunken driving in Des Moines in 1997.

PAUL WALSH

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