Sergeant John M. Blaser

Sergeant John M. Blaser

Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona

End of Watch Friday, August 31, 1990

John M. Blaser

Sergeant John Blaser and Officer David Gabrielli were killed when they were struck by a vehicle while investigating an earlier drunk driving related accident on U.S. 89, 1-1/2 miles south of Valencia Road in Tucson.

As they were standing in the median a car driven by another drunk driver swerved across two lanes of traffic and struck them both.

The driver of that vehicle had a BAC of .25. He was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

Sergeant Blaser had served with the agency for 10 years. He was survived by his wife, parents, and brother.


  • Age 36
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 2916

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 21 years

accident scene

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Thanks you for your service brother...and to your family for the sacrifice they made...thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Sergeant Donny Carruth
East Brunswick Police Department

January 4, 2016

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