Anchorage driver gets 12 years in drunken driving accident

Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 69-year-old man who injured four people when he crashed into two motorcyclists in October 2000 has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Franklin Schug, a repeat drunken driver, was found guilty in December on 11 charges, including drunken driving, multiple felony assaults and failing to stop to help his victims.

At the sentencing Monday, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Mike Wolverton also took away Schug's driver's license for the rest of his life, fined him $4,000 and gave him 10 years of probation.

Schug's blood alcohol was 0.229, and he had no driver's license when he pulled out in front of two motorcycles, causing them to slam into his pickup. A third motorcyclist chased Schug before forcing him to stop.

Among the injured was Tammy Thorn, who was riding on the back of her husband's bike. She will remain in a wheelchair for the rest of her life because of the accident, said prosecutor Ros Lockwood.

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