What Does a Fatal DUI Get You?

by: Mike Miller

For those of you who drink and drive and for those of us who have many times in our past we always think of worst-case scenarios. Worst case is always death! It is your own death, the death of your passengers or the death of any person involved in an accident where you were driving under the influence.

A textbook case for this just came down last week when 24-year-old Michael Albers of Zion, Illinois was sentenced in a fatal accident when he was totally drunk. Albers was able to cop a plea by agreeing to plea guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he took the life of 22-year-old Danielle Trevithick when his SUV slammed into her vehicle in a head-on-collision.

Stupidity Compounded

When you hear all the details you really don’t want this guy to get off so easily. Not only was he totally blasted, with a BAC of .192, but he was driving 86 mph in a 40 mph zone. Albers was driving on a suspended license at the time.

If that wasn’t enough, Albers has an extensive criminal history dating back to 2003. He was issued multiple citations for driving on a suspended driver’s license, domestic battery, possession of a controlled substance and consumption of alcohol by a minor.

Under the plea Albers must serve at least 8.5 years before he is eligible for parole. There went his 20s!

“I don’t know how someone with a brain would use it in such a bad way,” the judge said in sentencing him.

Well said, Your Honor!