GREENVILLE — A Greenville man pleaded guilty and avoided a jury trial in Darke County Common Pleas Court Wednesday.
Jordan Gary, 24, was charged with Aggravated Vehicular Assault, a third-degree felony, and Driving Under the Influence (DUI), a first-degree misdemeanor, for an October 24, 2015, accident north of Palestine, Ohio, that injured three people.
In a plea agreement reached between his defense attorney, Kyle Lennen, and the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office, Gary pleaded guilty to an amended count of Attempted Aggravated Vehicular Assault, a fourth-degree felony. The third-degree felony charge carried a mandatory prison term. The original DUI charge stands as indicted. A second DUI count was dismissed.
On October 24, 2015, Gary, in a 2005 Chevy 2500, was driving eastbound on Ross Road and stopped at the stop sign at Palestine-Union City Road. Gary then pulled from the stop sign, turning right on to Palestine-Union City Road, lost control of his vehicle and went left of center, striking a 2002 Chevy, driven by Lisa Miller, of Palestine, which was northbound on Palestine-Union City Road.
Miller was severely injured and transported to Miami Valley Hospital by CareFlight. The two passengers in her vehicle, Bradley Miller and a 4-year-old boy, were treated for injuries at Wayne HealthCare. All three recovered from their injuries.
Neither Gary nor his passenger, Jess Brubaker of New Madison, Ohio, received medical treatment.
For the fourth-degree assault charge, Gary faces a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison and a fine of $5,000. For the DUI, he faces 3 to 180 days in jail plus a fine of $375 to $1,075. He also may see his driver’s license suspended for two to 10 years.
He is scheduled to be sentenced September 30 in Darke County Common Pleas Court.