Washougal man gets 1½ years in prison in drunken-driving case

May 2016 incident seriously injured 1 of his passengers

By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Courts Reporter

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The driver in a May 2016 drunken crash that sent four people to the hospital, two with serious injuries, was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 1 1/2 years in prison, court records show.

Andrey Altman, 24, of Washougal pleaded guilty last month to two counts of vehicular assault, both while driving under the influence, and one count of first-degree driving with a suspended license.

On May 10, Altman was driving a silver Infiniti west on Southeast Columbia Way in Vancouver when he passed a vehicle at high speed, according to a probable cause affidavit. A police patrol car attempted to stop Altman, but he fled, reaching 77 mph in a 25 mph zone, the affidavit states.

Altman lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree. The impact ejected one of his passengers.

Another passenger suffered significant injuries, including cuts to the face, scalp and arm, and several fractures and internal injuries, court records said.

Toxicology tests found Altman had a blood-alcohol level of 0.11, according to court documents. In Washington, a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or more is considered evidence of drunken driving.

Judge Bernard Veljacic sentenced Altman to 17 months in prison and 18 months of community custody.

Altman was additionally sentenced to 90 days for the suspended license; however, that time will run concurrent. The remaining 274 days was suspended for two years.

He was given credit for 153 days in custody, court records show.