Thursday, June 23, 2016

Court: Wellsville man avoids jail, but must pay $12K stemming from serious vehicle crash

A man who was driving drunk, crashed his vehicle and caused serious physical injury to a passenger will not go to prison...but he will 'pay.' Austin W. Johnson, 24, of Highland Heights in Wellsville, was sentenced in Allegany County court to three years probation Wednesday. Prosecutors said Johnson was driving drunk on August 23, 2014, in Caneadea, crashed, which caused serious harm to a passenger. Johnson was originally charged with felony vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated, but was allowed to plead guilty to just the DWI charge. County court Judge Thomas Brown sentenced Johnson to three years probation, a $500 fine, license revoked for six months and initiation interlock for one year. He was also ordered to pay $12,000 in restitution, plus a court surcharge and DNA fees.