Lexington, SC 11/20/2021 – A Berkeley County man has been sentenced to eight years in jail for a 2019 site visitors crash that resulted in severe accidents to a deputy with the Lexington County Sheriff’s Division. Circuit Courtroom Decide R. Ferrell Cothran, Jr. imposed the sentence earlier this week on Michael Jordan Nichols, 38.
Nichols, previously of Irmo, pled responsible to Felony Driving Below the Affect leading to Nice Bodily Damage. He was sentenced to fifteen years within the South Carolina Division of Corrections, suspended to an energetic sentence of 8 years. The jail sentence can be adopted by 5 years of probation. There have been no plea negotiations and Nichols was going through a most sentence of 15 years.
On the morning of June 8, 2019, Nichols was rushing and travelling within the unsuitable lane on South Lake Drive (SC-6) within the Crimson Financial institution space of Lexington County. The Chevrolet Silverado pushed by Nichols slammed head-on into a totally marked Lexington County Sheriff’s Division Tahoe pushed by Deputy Roy Corridor, who was on his method to work.
It took responders 20 to half-hour to extricate Deputy Corridor from the car. As a result of extent of his accidents, Deputy Corridor was transported to Prisma Well being Richland. Corridor suffered a number of pelvic fractures and a dislocation of his left femur, leading to quite a few surgical procedures.
Officers obtained a blood pattern from Nichols pursuant to a search warrant. Later evaluation carried out by SLED Toxicology decided that Nichols had a blood alcohol stage of .19, indicating important impairment.
The case was investigated by the S.C. Freeway Patrol Trooper Christopher Flitter and the Freeway Patrol’s (M.A.I.T.) Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Workforce. The case was prosecuted by eleventh Circuit Assistant Solicitor Todd Wagoner.
As the results of his accidents, Deputy Corridor is unable to the proceed his profession as a regulation enforcement officer. On the plea continuing, Corridor and his spouse addressed the choose describing how their lives have been ceaselessly altered, together with the lives of their 4 younger kids. Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon defined how the incident ended Corridor’s profession, leading to an incredible loss to the Sheriff’s Division. Sherriff Koon additionally expressed his appreciation for the work of all businesses concerned, together with the S.C. Freeway Patrol and the eleventh Circuit Solicitor’s Workplace.
eleventh Circuit Assistant Solicitor Todd Wagoner acknowledged: “Whereas we respect that Mr. Nichols accepted accountability for his actions, we are able to solely hope this tragic occasion will persuade others to be accountable by selecting to not drive whereas impaired. There are lots of choices accessible, particularly throughout the vacation season, comparable to Uber, Lyft, Taxi companies, and designated drivers.”
Nichols had quite a few prior convictions, together with Assault on a Feminine (2005) and Assault & Battery – 2nd diploma (2017). Nichols was transported to the S.C. Division of Corrections to start instant service of the sentence.