Ex-Marine Jailed for Drunk Driving Death
Posted by Childress on May 27, 2006
AP reports on the tragedies that resulted from one man's decisiont to smoke marijuana, drink and drive:
Every seat was filled, and people stood along the walls of the courtroom to watch an Allen County judge sentence a former Marine and current IPFW student to 15 years in prison for driving drunk and killing a local professor.On Aug. 8, then 22-year-old Daniel Epple's silver Audi barreled through a red light at Dupont and Coldwater roads and slammed into a Corvette driven by Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne economics professor John P. Manzer, 59.
Manzer was thrown from his car after it spun out of control and struck a utility pole. Epple escaped with only a hand injury. Tests later revealed Epple had marijuana in his system and a blood-alcohol content of 0.17 percent, more than twice the legal limit for intoxication. In March, Epple pleaded guilty to a single charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death.