Area doctor admits to fatal drunk driving crash

"Courtroom Gavel" by Joe Gratz, public domain

BLUFFTON, Ind. (WOWO): An area doctor has made a deal with prosecutors that would see him serve three years in prison for a drunk driving crash he was involved in that took the life of a baby.

According to the Journal Gazette, 63-year-old Russel Legried II of Roanoke has pleaded guilty to two of the five felony counts against him after the January 10th, 2020 crash that happened on State Road 1 in Wells County. It was 8:45am and his blood alcohol content was almost three times the legal limit when Legried’s truck crossed the center line and slammed into an oncoming vehicle.

Two-month-old Eliseo Martinez III died in the crash. The child’s father was badly hurt.

If a Wells County judge accepts the plea deal, prosecutors will drop three of the criminal counts against Legried and he will get a six-year sentence, with three years suspended, as well as lose his driver’s license forever.

He’ll be sentenced on September 15th.

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