GOLD CANYON — A 50-year-old Mesa man is scheduled to appear in court next month on charges he struck a pedestrian in Pinal County with his vehicle and then fled the scene.

Kirk Bluebaugh allegedly hit a pedestrian on March 29 with his motor vehicle and fled the scene about 12:30 p.m. The collision occurred at South Strong Box Road and South Pony Rider Trail in Gold Canyon.

Bluebaugh was arrested later that day and was still legally intoxicated more than five hours later, authorities said.

“The defendant stopped his vehicle and picked up a rear-view mirror that was broken off in the collision and placed it in his car and fled the scene,” a Pinal County Sheriff’s deputy wrote in a probable cause statement. “Witnesses that saw the hit and run chased the defendant down and confronted him and he drove away. Pieces of the vehicle were found at the scene and placed into evidence.”

Court records in the case do not detail the injuries suffered by the pedestrian.

Deputies found Bluebaugh at his home in Mesa.

“Upon contact he showed signs and symptoms of alcohol impairment and a search warrant was obtained for his blood,” the deputy wrote.

When Bluebaugh’s blood was taken and analyzed, he had a blood alcohol level of 0.129.

“Witnesses on scene positively identified him as the driver using photographs. The vehicle was secured and taken into evidence,” court records state.

Bluebaugh was released on a $2,500 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in Pinal County Superior Court on June 1.

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Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at jheadley@pinalcentral.com.

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