Repeat Drunken Driver Who Killed Ohio Trooper Sentenced To 30 Months

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A man who killed an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper in a 2001 drunken-driving crash was sentenced to 30 months on Monday for violating his lifetime license suspension.

David Dye was charged with the felony suspension count and misdemeanor driving with open alcohol, 10TV’s Maureen Kocot reported.

Genoa Township police said that he had a mixed drink in his vehicle but was not drinking when arrested in November.

In March, Dye changed his plea to guilty to the charges, Kocot reported.

Dye previously served eight years in prison after being convicted in the death of Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Frank Vazquez while driving drunk in 2001, 10TV's Shayla Reaves reported.

Vazquez had pulled over a driver for speeding on Interstate 270 in November 2001. While Vazquez was issuing a citation to the person he pulled over, Dye crashed his vehicle into Vazquez' cruiser, killing Vazquez, a married father of three children.

Dye's blood-alcohol content was three times the legal limit at the time of the crash.

Troopers in court Monday said that Dye knew better when he had the mixed drink in his car in November.

"Excuses. He knew what he was doing,” Lt. Kevin Knapp said.

Dye was slated to start his prison sentence immediately, Kocot reported.

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