Driver who killed state trooper in drunk driving crash opts to stay in prison
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:01:50 GMT —
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A central Ohio man who killed a state trooper in a 2001 drunken driving crash has chosen to serve five more months in prison rather than getting out early and addressing his drinking problem under a judge's offer.
The Columbus Dispatch reports that 45-year-old David Dye of Westerville was in Delaware County Common Pleas Court on Wednesday. He asked Judge W. Duncan Whitney for early release from a 2½-year sentence for driving without a license and with an open container in 2012.
When Whitney said Dye could choose between finishing his sentence and an intensive treatment program, Dye decided to stay in prison.
Dye has been convicted six times for drunken driving. His license was suspended for life in 2001 after he killed state Trooper Frank Vazquez.