A drunk driving accident that left a man seriously injured in 2020 resulted in a 30-year sentence for a Radcliff man.
Joseph Nathaniel Arnold, 33, accepted a plea deal in his case Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court. It stems from a March 24, 2020 wreck at the intersection of Vine Street and Woodland Drive in Radcliff.
Arnold, who had three previous drunk driving convictions over a roughly two-year period before the 2020 crash, was sentenced to 30 years for first-degree assault and an additional 10 years for felony B, because he was a second-degree persistent criminal offender. ; five years for each charge of fourth offense of driving under the influence of intoxicants, first degree gratuitous endangerment, second offense of driving with a suspended license for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident, injury serious and 12 months for resisting arrest.
All sentences must be served simultaneously for a total sentence of 30 years. According to the plea agreement, Arnold is not eligible for parole until he has served 20 years of his sentence.
The official sentencing is scheduled for February 8.
He has been incarcerated at the Hardin County Detention Center since the date of the accident.
According to an arrest citation, Arnold was driving a 2017 Hyundai Elantra and traveling west on Vine Street around 5 p.m. When he came to two vehicles stopped at a red light at the intersection of Vine and Woodland, Arnold allegedly passed the vehicles as they entered the lane of oncoming traffic, disregarding the traffic lights.
After entering the intersection, the report says Arnold’s car struck another vehicle traveling south on Woodland, causing significant damage. Both vehicles continued through the intersection after impact, narrowly missing several other vehicles and witnesses.
The vehicle Arnold hit collided with a metal utility pole, pinning the driver inside. According to the citation, the driver suffered multiple fractures, including to his neck, ribs and collarbone. The citation indicates that the driver also suffered a serious injury to his left eye.
Once Arnold’s vehicle came to a stop, he got out of his car and left the scene on foot, according to the citation.
A Radcliff police officer captured Arnold shortly after the collision. The report says RPD also secured video footage of the event at the intersection.