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Milwaukee man gets prison time for OWI high speed crash that injured deputy

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee man will spend almost ten years in prison for driving drunk in a high speed chase that ended in a crash which almost killed a sheriff's deputy.

The Journal Sentinel said 41-year-old Kevin Hutchins Jr. was the 1,000th repeat OWI offender charged in Milwaukee County since tougher laws took effect in 2010.

Last October, Hutchins got into a 7 mile chase with sheriff's officers at speeds up to 100 miles an hour. His vehicle slammed into a concrete wall on the Highway 41 expressway spur near Miller Park, and went airborne before landing on the windshield of deputy Scott Griffin's patrol car.

Griffin told a judge Monday he has not been able to return to work since the crash -- and he feels constant pain, anxiety, and depression. Griffin is seeking worker's compensation, as he plans to retire from law enforcement.

Hutchins told the judge he needs help to deal with his alcoholism, and he apologized for the incident.

He had pleaded guilty to causing injury while driving drunk, reckless endangerment, and fleeing an officer.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)