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.