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Man Gets 7 Years for Running Down Iowa Cop

April 05, 2012  | 

Keith Terry, a communications tower worker whose life plummeted after a drunken trip to the Iowa State Fair last year, will spend up to seven years in prison for drunkenly running down a Des Moines police officer.

Terry was severely intoxicated on Aug. 19 when his pickup truck ran a red light and stuck Officer Phoukham Tran in the intersection of East 30th Street and Grand Avenue. The force of the collision knocked Tran 47 feet and left the intersection littered with bullets and pieces of a broken flashlight.

Tran suffered a punctured lung, broken ribs and a stroke in addition to serious head injuries. Terry's blood-alcohol level was determined to be 0.264, more than three times the legal limit.

Read the full Des Moines Register story.


Comments (4)

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C. @ 4/5/2012 10:53 PM

7 years isn't enough.

Dan @ 4/6/2012 7:04 AM

No where near!!!

Randoma @ 4/6/2012 7:48 AM

I hope Officer Phoukham has a great chiropractor, bone setter, Medical DR, dentist, surgeon, nutritionist,Compex, and personal trainer. This must be a difficult time for him. I wish him a full recovery.

AGHAST @ 4/6/2012 11:21 AM

I am of the belief that if you drink and drive, you should be charged with pre-meditated murder, and get the penalties that go along with that. We all know that drinking and driving DONT MIX!! If you know driving while intoxicated is dangerous, and you still do it and you kill someone or hurt them, you should be charged with murder or pre-mediated murder. If they would stiffen the laws to such, I would guess this would drastically slow down the drinking and driving. ZERO TOLERANCE is my claim. You get caught drinking and driving, then you should expect your Driver's License and car be taken from you right there.

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