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Dec 31, 2012 |

PRISON LIKELY FOR CONVICTED DRUNK DRIVER WHO RAN DOWN PEDESTRIANS

Dec 31, 2012 - Pedestrian Accidents

Police in York, Pennsylvania say Michael Sharp is a drinker who likes to lead cops on high-speed chases. Sharp is now looking at prison time for his fourth DUI conviction after causing an accident that injured two people, one critically. A Springettsbury Township police lieutenant described Sharp as “the perfect case of someone who should not be out there driving and who is an absolute danger to the community. His criminal driving history is extensive and includes DUI’s, hit and runs, and a prior fleeing and eluding charge, going back many years.” So justice is finally being done, but it took a long time and the suffering of two innocent people to get there.

Sharp told the court he didn’t remember much about what happened, so be pleaded guilty. Police remember it well. They say an officer spotted his truck weaving, and when the patrol car lit him up, Sharp took off at a high rate of speed. The pursuing officer called off the chase when it got too dangerous. About a mile later, the suspect blew a traffic light and was T-boned by another vehicle, knocking his truck into a parking lot where it hit two pedestrians. One victim lay in a coma for ten days.

Prosecutors and victim’s attorneys across the nation are becoming increasingly frustrated with drunk driving laws. In some states a driver can tuck as many as a half-dozen DUI convictions under his belt and still serve no jail time. Other states have toughened penalties for so-called “Super Drunk” drivers, those whose blood alcohol level is at least twice the legal limit, but even blowing a 0.20 doesn’t guarantee jail time. Meanwhile, deaths and injuries caused by intoxicated drivers continue to stack up.

Sentencing is set for February 27th. Sharp’s attorney says personal problems are to blame for his excessive drinking. The Common Pleas Court judge hearing the case hasn’t indicated how long any prison sentence might be, but at least two years behind bars is expected. The two people run down by Sharp’s truck reportedly have recovered from their injuries.

Source: York Dispatch, “Prison likely in DUI chase that injured two pedestrians,” Liz Evans Scolforo, Dec. 31, 2012

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