Surgeon avoids prison in drunk-driving crash that injured pro golfer, former Columbus Blue Jacket

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Dr. David Crawford crashed his car last June, with professional golfer Bud Cauley and former Columbus Blue Jacket James Wisniewski inside.

In January he pleaded guilty to OVI and three counts of vehicular assault.

Instead of a possible five years in prison, he will avoid jail time.

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Both the prosecution and defense say the strong support of the three crash victims was a big factor.

Crawford's attorneys pointed to a spotless record before the crash, and his years of service in the U.S. Army in arguing that he did not deserve prison time for what they called one tragic mistake.

They say he and his passengers had been drinking at the Memorial Golf Tournament, and called an Uber to take them to the Bogey Inn.

They say their Uber could not get into the gated community where Wisniewski lived, and Crawford made the decision to drive the one-mile distance to meet the Uber when he lost control, seriously injuring two of his three passengers.

"I am sorry. My actions on June 1st are not who I am. And for that, I am ashamed," Crawford told Judge David Gormley. "I can assure you moving forward I will never put myself in a position or make a decision that will put others in harm. My actions have put my career and my family in significant jeopardy."

All three of Crawford's passengers wrote letters to the judge urging him to spare Crawford a prison sentence.

"The victims were concerned that they had medical bills to pay and they did want restitution, which they received in the case," said Delaware County Assistant Prosecutor Kyle Rohrer. "But even above the restitution, they still expressed their wishes. And keep in mind, they were involved- they were in the same car with this man. So they weren't strangers (who were) hit. I think that would be a very different situation and obviously wishes would be a lot different."

Gormley sentenced Crawford to three days in jail, which he can avoid by attending a three-day driver intervention program.

He suspended Crawford's license for four years, and put him on two and a half years' probation.

If Crawford violates that probation, he could go to jail for thirty months.

Crawford says the day after his guilty plea, he lost his hospital privileges and his medical license was suspended.

It's not clear how his sentence could impact his ability to get those back.

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