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A Columbus surgeon is sentenced for his drunk driving injury case

A Columbus surgeon was sentenced in his Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs (OVI) injury crash case on March 18. At the hearing, he found out that he'll be on probation for the next two and a half years and that he'll have his Ohio driver's license suspended for four. The judge also informed him that he can attend a three-day driver education class instead of going to jail.

At the defendant's sentencing hearing, prosecutors detailed how they'd been urged by injured parties to not request jail time for the doctor. They said that he'd previously served honorably in the U.S. Army and otherwise had a spotless record.

Both the victims and the defendant told police and prosecutors much the same story. All parties involved had been drinking while attending the Memorial Golf Tournament.

Although they requested for an Uber to come to pick them up and carry them back to the Bogey Inn, that driver was denied entry to the gated community where one of the victims resided. As the physician drove them all one-mile to get to the Uber driver, he lost control of his car and crashed.

At the sentencing hearing, the physician told the judge that his actions on June 1 crash weren't reflective of who he is. He told them that he'd never put himself in such a position to make such a choice again or to hurt others.

He noted that he'd put his career at risk because of his actions. His medical license has been suspended in the aftermath of the incident.

The Delaware County Assistant Prosecutor responsible for trying the case against the doctor pointed out that all of the victims were initially concerned about getting their costly medical bills paid. He noted that they'd all since written letters in support of the defendant. In them, they requested for the judge to show the physician leniency, especially when it came to sentencing him to prison or ordering restitution to be paid.

When accidents occur, it's often the responsibility of the plaintiff filing suit to prove that another motorist's negligence resulted in their injuries or death. When the responsible party pleads guilty to a crash-related crime, it makes it easier for a car accidents attorney to get the compensation that a victim deserves so that they can continue to focus on their recovery and future.

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