TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - This week a man was sentenced to 8 years in prison and 2 years on probation for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
According to Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington, John Venters pleaded guilty to an OWI and being a habitual substance offender after a crash in October 2011.
Venters told a deputy an oncoming vehicle was in the middle of the road playing "chicken" with him when he crashed his car into a tree.
He was found to have multiple drugs in his system.
Just a couple of months later in December 2011, Harrington says Venters was operating under the influence again and crashed into another tree.
The passenger in the car, Brandon Stansberry, was killed in that crash.
Venters was sentenced for that wreck in January to 18 years in prison and 1 year of probation.
Stansberry was also a passenger in the car during the October wreck.
Harrington says Venters' two sentences will run consecutively.
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