Man sentenced to prison for DUI causing serious bodily injury


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — A man is facing 10 years in prison after being sentenced in circuit court for DUI causing serious bodily injury, a charge stemming from a July 2022 crash in Mercer County.

Steven Andrew Short, 38, of Bluefield was sentenced to prison by Mercer County Circuit Court Judge William Sadler.

Short was sentenced Monday to the maximum penalty of two to 10 years in prison for driving under the influence causing serious bodily injury, in addition to the maximum penalty of one year for driving under the influence causing bodily injury, according to Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney Brian K. Cochran.

Cochran said that Judge Sadler ordered that both sentences run consecutively to each other.

Short was indicted by a Mercer County Grand Jury in February, 2023 for the July 10, 2022 motor vehicle crash that occurred on Gardner Road near Princeton, Cochran said,

"Short's actions of driving a vehicle while under the influence of illicit drugs caused a horrific crash and caused life altering injuries to a young Mercer County couple," he said "Based on his actions and his prior criminal record, the judge did the right thing by sending him to prison."

Cochran thanked the EMS and fire department officials who responded to the scene and treated the crash victims and further thanked the Mercer County Sheriff's Department for its investigation.

"The sheriff's office really did a great job from investigating the scene all the way through obtaining the medical evidence necessary to obtain a conviction in this case," Cochran said, "The great police work by our officers is what led to this prison sentence."

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