A Richland man was sentenced to six months in jail for driving drunk when he caused a head-on collision in Finley that seriously injured a passenger.
Christopher Joseph Torres, 23, had a number of alcohol-related convictions on his record when he was busted for the May 2010 crash.
A blood test done at the hospital later that night showed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 percent, well over the 0.08 legal limit in Washington.
Torres, who was charged in Benton County Superior Court, pleaded guilty in April to driving under the influence, an ignition interlock violation and third-degree driving with a suspended or revoked license.
He was sentenced last week to 180 days in jail and was told he could do the time on jail work crew or work release. He must report by June 27 to start serving his time.
The sentence includes 184 days suspended, which means a judge could order him to serve the rest of the time if he violations any conditions.
According to a Washington State Patrol report and court documents, Torres was driving a 2003 Ford Taurus north on Highway 397 when he crossed the centerline and hit a southbound pickup.
The 8:35 p.m. crash was south of Yew Street.
When troopers contacted Torres at the crash site, he reportedly had indications of impairment and smelled of intoxicants.
The pickup's teen driver was injured. And Torres' passenger had a broken nose and cheekbone, the documents said.
At the time, Torres had several convictions for being a minor in possession of alcohol, along with a DUI, third-degree escape and bail jumping, documents said. He did not have an ignition interlock device on his car as required.