Man sentenced in Indian Hills DUI wreck
An admitted drunk driver, who caused a four-car pileup in Indian Hills last summer that set one of the vehicles on fire, was sentenced to a suspended six-month jail sentence.
“You’re lucky this wasn’t a felony,” East Fork Justice of the Peace Tom Perkins said.
David Owen Black will receive 10 days active jail time, for which he must report on Jan. 23.
Black pleaded guilty to a second offense of driving under the influence.
The wreck occurred 8:06 a.m. July 27 at Highway 395 and Mica Drive.
Black admitted that he had been drinking the night before. He had a .338 blood alcohol content, according to the report.
He was southbound in a Toyota RAV4 when he hit the back of a Chrysler sedan stopped at the traffic signal, which then hit two other vehicles, setting one of them on fire.
A woman who was in one of the other vehicles testified that she had been under medical care since the wreck that totaled her vehicle.
“He was so intoxicated he didn’t realize he’d hit someone,” she said she was told.
She asked Perkins to sentence Black to three months in jail.
“He’s lucky no one died in this accident,” she said.
Perkins acknowledged it would be more satisfying at the time to give Black more active jail time.
“The time we hold over him for two years makes sure he does what we tell him to do, and that makes us all safer,” he said.