Driver was drunk when he crashed into creek, drowned

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A coroner says a driver who drowned seven months ago after a Topeka crash was drunk.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that an autopsy report released Monday shows that 63-year-old Ricky Lynn Leece’s blood-alcohol level measured more than twice the legal limit. No other drugs were found in his system.

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office says he died June 1 after his vehicle struck a concrete culvert in the southern part of the county. The impact caused the vehicle to overturn and land upside down in a nearby creek with its top submerged and Leece trapped inside.

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