Triangle Briefs

Police seek sample of driver's saliva

March 25, 2008 

— Raleigh police obtained a search warrant to collect saliva samples from a suspected drunken driver charged with second-degree murder, according to documents made public Monday.

Investigators had previously seized a small on-board computer known as an event data recorder from Kenya Teverris Alston's red Cadillac. The instrument allowed them to cull information about the vehicle at the time of the March 1 wreck that killed 21-year-old Matthew Kraft.

Police wanted the saliva samples to bolster their charge that Alston, 31, was driving at the time of the crash. They are comparing the DNA from the saliva to DNA found on the air bag that deployed in the collision, according to the search warrant at the Wake clerk of court's office.

Alston remains in custody in the Wake County jail in lieu of $530,000 bail, a jail spokesman said Monday.

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