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Drunk Driver Who Hit Students Gets 25-39 Months in Prison

Posted April 9, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A 28-year-old man who was drunk when his car struck three children standing on a street corner was sentenced to 25 months to 39 months in prison after pleading guilty to assault with a deadly weapon.

William Bradford Rice III, who was sentenced Monday, was driving a car that struck Frank Nicholson, 16, his sister Laura and their friend Blake Schlukbier on a street corner Sept. 25. Laura and Blake suffered minor injuries, but Frank was in a coma for two months, and now is in a wheelchair.

Police said Rice's car was traveling about 35 mph when it brushed against Laura and Blake and struck Frank. It picked up speed, hitting some signs and crashed into a tree at about 55 mph, the police report said.

A blood-alcohol test taken hours after the accident produced a .222 reading, nearly three times the legal limit of .08, authorities said.

Court records show Rice previously was arrested three times for DUI, a misdemeanor. He was convicted once, one count was reduced to reckless driving, and another was dismissed, the records showed.

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