Drunk Driver Sentenced To Prison Stretch
A state motorist recently became subject to the full legal consequences of his involvement in an alcohol-related fatal accident in Gary, Indiana. The motorist, a 41-year-old man from Portage, received a 14-year sentence, the maximum allowable under Indiana law, as a result of crossing the center line and crashing head-on into a car driven by a mother of two from East Chicago, Illinois. The man registered a BAC of more than twice the legal limit according to authorities. The woman tragically died at the scene of the accident that occurred about one year ago.
Last month, the driver pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing death and for being a habitual substance offender. The court formally imposed the prison term on Monday. He may also face a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court arising from the same horrific car wreck.
We’ve issued this warning over and over. For your sake, and for the sake of your family, as well as innocent drivers and passengers in other cars, if you choose to drink, do not, under any circumstances, try to drive. To make matters worse, repeat offenders, in particular, account for a huge number of drunk driving accidents on our roads. If you need to get into an automobile after having one too many, use a designated driver or call a cab.