LaPorte man given eight-year prison term in OWI fatality

2014-04-03T20:30:00Z 2014-04-03T21:00:24Z LaPorte man given eight-year prison term in OWI fatalityStan Maddux Times Correspondent
April 03, 2014 8:30 pm  • 

LAPORTE | A LaPorte man was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison for a drunken driving accident in which his friend was killed.

Thomas Drnek III, 31, also must serve two years on probation for Class B felony operating while intoxicated causing death.

Drnek in November 2012 traveled off U.S. 35 near Schultz Road outside LaPorte and crashed into a grove of trees.

A passenger in the car, Jacob Anderson, 26, also of LaPorte, was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Drnek was admitted to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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