In Broward, Florida, Christopher Sales pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter and driving under the influence. The 28-year-old man will serve five years in prison and spend eight years on probation after release from prison. If convicted as charged at trial, Sales would have faced up to 20 years behind bars.
On October 8, 2005, Sales was driving a 1994 Chevrolet Camaro and made a U-turn in front of Harley-Davidson, causing a crash that killed motorcycle driver John Steelman, 38, of Boynton Beach. Steelman’s passenger, Tara Summer, suffered a broken arm and leg after she was thrown from the bike. Sales sustained minor injuries as a result of the crash.
Sale was driving under the influence of painkiller oxycodone and tests showed that his blood contained for the three times the recommended medical dose. According to an attorney for the state of Florida, he did not have a prescription for the medication.
Man sentenced to 5 years for causing fatal wreck while on painkillers, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, July 15, 2008
Whether the accused was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the state of Florida takes DUI cases very seriously. Penalties can include fines, jail time, mandatory community service, impoundment of vehicles, and license suspensions. William Moore Criminal Defense at the Florida DUI Center can help drivers accused of DUI understand their legal options and represent their case in court. Contact Florida DUI attorney William Moore for more information.