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Driver in fatal car surfing faces DWI charge

The man driving the sport utility vehicle from which a Long Beach co-worker toppled to his death in Puerto Rico is expected to face drunken driving charges, Puerto Rico police said Monday.

Driver Shane Michael Ward, 22, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.13 percent in a breath test taken sometime after the 5:30 a.m. Saturday accident in Rincón, in western Puerto Rico, police spokeswoman Elizabeth Nieves Hernández said.

As Ward drove an Isuzu Trooper along Highway PR-115, passenger George Geiser, his co-worker at an insurance company, climbed out of a window and tried to ride on the rooftop, police said. Geiser, 29, lost his balance and fell, striking his head on a railing and fracturing his neck, cops said. Ward called police to report the accident.

Geiser, Ward and co-worker Sean O’Toole, 30, were returning from a bachelor party and had been drinking since midday Friday, authorities said.

Ward is due in a Puerto Rico court Tuesday, Nieves Hernández said. A call to the three men’s workplace was not returned Monday.

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