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Drunk driver sentenced to 17 years in prison for fatal Milwaukee crash

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Judges gavel and stryker By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judges gavel and stryker By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A drunk driver who was being chased by Milwaukee Police when he killed two pedestrians will spend 17 years in prison.

41-year-old Martin Rodriguez was sentenced Thursday, and he’ll spend 10 years under extended supervision when he’s no longer locked up.

Prosecutors said Rodriguez was fleeing officers in his pick-up truck last November when he hit a woman and her son. 49-year-old Frances Pizarro died at the scene, and 20-year-old Ed Lindsey died 10 days later.

After the crash, police said Rodriguez abandoned his truck and jumped into the Milwaukee River – where he was pulled out and arrested.

He told officers he did not remember hitting the victims. His blood alcohol level at the time was 0.206 – over two-and-a-half times the legal limit for driving.

Rodriguez pleaded guilty in August to two counts of OWI homicide. 

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