Jail for driver involved in crash with cruiser
September 11, 2010
A drunk driving conviction sent one man to county jail Friday, punishing him for causing a potentially dangerous situation.
During Warren County sentencing court, Nash Edward Harvey, 27, 8065 Titusville, faced charges of DUI: highest rate of alcohol (BAC .16+), four counts of recklessly endangering another person, driving on divided highways and careless driving. Presiding Judge Gregory Hammond sentenced Harvey to 72 hours to 6 months in Warren County Jail.
In addition, Harvey received four years of probation to be served consecutively and an 12-month drivers license suspension. He was also ordered to pay $1,050 in fines and $660 in fees, attend and pay for the county’s Highway Safety School and Victim Impact Panel and serve 15 hours of community service.
In December, Warren-based state police reported Trooper Andrew Goss prevented a head-on crash by placing his patrol car in between Harvey’s truck and a third vehicle. Police then measured Harvey’s blood alcohol content which registered at .25, more than three times the legal limit.
Harvey’s defense attorney, Charles Rosen, said the case stemmed from an isolated incident. His client was not a drinker at the time, he said, and is not one now.
“He never made excuses,” Rosen said. “He’s glad nobody go hurt.”
District Attorney Ross McKeirnan said Harvey was lucky. The situation could have been a disaster, he said, though he noted Harvey had no prior convictions.
Harvey said he was sorry for what happened. He made a poor judgment call, he said, and could have hurt several people.