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By Sarah de Sainte Croix, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A senior member of Rio’s State Government and former member of Rio’s anti-drink driving squad (Operação Lei Seca), Alexandre Felipe Mendes, admitted to having drunk wine prior to hitting at least four pedestrians, and killing one, with his car on Thursday night.

Mendes, the Vice Secretary of the Metropolitan Region of Rio de Janeiro, was returning home from a party when the accident occurred on Estrada do Engenho do Mato, in Itaipu, Niterói just before midnight.

At least four people were injured, including . . .

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