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Man sentenced for drunk driving accident in Alaska

Car accidents that are serious enough can often leave their victims with injuries that alter their lives forever, but when these accidents are caused by drunk driving, the emotional wounds can be serious for the victims as well. The months or years after the accident can be even harder for the victims as they wait for the driver who caused the accident to go to trial. However, after the case is over, it can be a huge relief to the victims, even if the outcome is not in their favor. One man was finally convicted and charged for his involvement in a drunk driving accident that injured one Alaska police officer.

The initial collision took place in November 2011 when the defendant collided head-on with the officer's vehicle. The man drove 14 miles on the wrong side of the road that night before he struck the officer's vehicle and injured the officer. The officer was taken to the hospital with several injuries to his leg and hip, which sadly ended his career at the department.

The defendant accepted a plea deal for the charges brought against him recently. The man was sentenced to over eight years in prison. The Alaska officer was content with the sentencing; however, his life will never be the same.

Even though the driver was sentenced for his involvement in the drunk driving accident, the victim who was injured could seek monetary compensation for his injuries. Compensation could be used to supplement the victim’s income since he was unable to return to work because of his injuries. Hopefully, the victim will be able to heal his emotional wounds.

Source:, "Man who injured APD officer in wrong-way DUI receives sentence", Charlo Greene, June 2, 2014

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