Prison Escapee Was Drunk When Killed in Forest


Toxicology tests show a convicted killer who escaped from prison and was on the loose for three weeks was inebriated when he was fatally shot by border patrol agents who tracked him down in a forest, authorities said Wednesday.

Richard Matt had a blood alcohol level of 0.18 percent, more than twice the level of intoxication for drunken driving under New York law, when he died from skull fractures and brain damage on June 27, state police said.

The prison escape by Matt and David Sweat launched a massive 23-day manhunt amid rugged terrain involving more than 1,100 law enforcement officers.