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20 Years For Intoxicated Driver In Deadly Wreck

Posted On February 04, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Aric A. Shinkle Dearborn County Sheriff's Department

Aric A. Shinkle
Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department

(Aurora, Ind.) – A man who was driving drunk and high when he crashed, killing his friend, has been sentenced to prison and probation.

Aric A. Shinkle, 26, of Aurora, had been drinking and smoking marijuana before he crashed his pickup truck on Billingsley Drive on November 19, 2012. The vehicle struck several trees. Killed in that wreck was Robert Martin.

At the time of his arrest, investigators said witnesses saw Shinkle attempting to drive off from the accident scene. He had also been injured, but begged witnesses not to call the police.

Shinkle’s BAC following the crash was .126, well over Indiana’s legal .08 driving limit.

On Tuesday, January 28, Shinkle reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in Dearborn Circuit Court. In exchange for other charges including Reckless Homicide being dismissed, Shinkle pleaded guilty to Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Death With a Schedule I Controlled Substance Causing Death (Class B felony).

Robert S. Martin was killed in the crash November 19, 2012. file photo

Robert S. Martin was killed in the crash November 19, 2012.
file photo

The charge is a class B felony, punishable by up to 20 years. Judge James Humphrey accepted the plea agreement stating Shinkle will serve 12 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections, followed by eight years on probation. The sentence is to be served consecutively with the sentence for a separate case involving drug-related charges against Shinkle in Dearborn Superior Court II

Shinkle’s driver’s license will also be suspended for five years.

He could be out of prison in less than 12 years, taking into consideration credit for time already served in jail prior to his sentence and credit for good time. The Indiana Department of Corrections lists Shinkle’s projected release date as February 11, 2019.

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