For the second time in two months, D.C. Superior Court Judge George D. Neilson has sentenced a drunken driver to serve a year in D.C. Jail.
Neilson yesterday ordered Eddie Lee Hill, 40, of 706 12th St. NE, to serve the unusually stiff term after Hill pleaded guilty Jan. 19 to driving under the influence of alcohol. Hill was arrested after a collision last October at Independence Avenue and 11th Street SE in which two people were injured. According to police reports, Hill ran a light and hit a Volkwagen Beetle.
Hill has a record of drunken driving convictions, according to court records, including convictions in 1978 and 1981. He pleaded guilty in both of those cases and was placed on probation and ordered to undergo treatment for alcoholism, the records showed.
In another case yesterday, D.C. Superior Court Judge Samuel B. Block placed Washington Bullets forward Carlos F. Terry, 25, on 18 months' probation and fined him $250 for driving under the influence.
Terry, who pleaded guilty, was charged following a three-car collision on Sept. 3 at 2:30 a.m. in the 500 block of New York Avenue NE. Terry also was given a speeding ticket for going an estimated 57 miles an hour after he struck one car, which was propelled into a collision with a third car.
Block rejected a request by prosecutors that Terry be sentenced to serve weekends in jail. Terry's lawyer could not be reached for comment.
Dan Rice, the driver of the third car, said he suffered a back injury, while the driver of the second autosuffered a broken leg and broken ribs.
Rice said in an interview that there was no other traffic and the night was clear when the accident occurred. "There was no reason for the accident except that he Terry was drunk," Rice said. "The fact that he got off with such a light sentence is outrageous . . . . I thought he should go to jail."
But Block said in an interview that "there was no point in putting the guy away. He had no prior record. If he had, you can be sure I would have given him some jail time," Block said.
Although Terry's blood alcohol count registered about twice the level required to bring about a charge of drunken driving, Block said it was not that high compared with other cases.
Block said he gave Terry "hell" about drunken driving and told him he was "very fortunate that it wasn't a case of negligent homicide." He said Terry was "embarrassed, contrite and very humiliated about it." Block also ordered Terry to pay restitution to the victims as a condition of his probation.