Kenneth Bingham, 50, who pled guilty to three counts of vehicular assault and one count of aggravated assault, asked Criminal Court Judge John Campbell to suspend all or part of his sentence, but the request was denied. The defendant was sentenced to four years on each count with the sentences to run concurrently.
The father of one 20-year-old victim testified that his son suffered broken bones, organ damage, and was in a coma after Bingham ran a red traffic light at Bellevue and McLemore and crashed into the car in which the victims were riding. The victim still suffers from short-term memory lapse and has had to change his major in college, the father said.
The crash occurred around 1:20 a.m. on Jan. 16, 2016. Other victims also were hospitalized for various injuries, including broken bones and lacerations. One 20-year-old woman suffered a facial laceration that required 30 stitches.
Bingham admitted to drinking a 40-ounce beer before the crash, but refused to submit to a test to determine his blood alcohol content. Officers obtained a search warrant allowing them to take a blood sample which showed Bingham had an alcohol reading of .153%, almost twice the limit for establishing intoxication.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Billy Bond, chief prosecutor of the DA’s DUI Prosecution Task Force whose members work with local law enforcement seeking to reduce the number of DUI-related fatalities and injuries. Task force prosecutors also conduct training sessions to update law enforcement officers on changes in traffic and DUI laws.