Joel Addington of the Baker County Press reported this week that more than two years after Jack Baker III slammed head-on into another vehicle in Glen St. Mary, he was sentenced to six months in county jail and five years probation in exchange for a no contest plea to DUI involving serious bodily injury, a third degree felony.
The DUI crash occurred in May 2006, when Baker, who was 20 years old at the time, crossed the center line on N. CR 125 and struck the van driven by a Julie Michaud of Cuyler. Ms. Michaud suffered life-threatening injuries in the crash, still walks with a severe limp and only recently regained the ability to write with her natural hand.
Mr. Baker’s blood alcohol level measured .066 three hours after the accident and had the case gone to trial The Baker County State Attorney’s Office was prepared to put on expert testimony to establish that at the time of the accident the that the defendant’s alcohol level exceeded the .08 legal limit.
Judge Moseley, who presided over the plea, warned Mr. Baker that if he violates any provision of the probation, he could face between two and five years state prison.