Drunk driver gets eight years for vehicular homicide

A Nederland man who drove drunk and wrecked a car last fall with three passengers on board, killing one of them and injuring the other two, was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday.

Nathan Hankie, 28, apologized to a Boulder County District Court judge for getting behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Rabbit in early October 2007 after drinking with friends in Boulder.

“There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t regret taking control of that vehicle that day,” he said. “I often lay awake at night and contemplate my actions.”

The crash, which police say happened on a curve at the mouth of Boulder Canyon when Hankie was driving nearly twice the legal speed limit of 35 mph, killed 32-year-old Michael Ray, of Rollinsville.

Evan Poole, of Franklin, Tenn., injured his back, and Sam Franklin, of Nederland, received a facial cut.

Hankie was also injured in the crash.

He pleaded guilty in July to vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. Four other charges were dismissed.

Franklin appeared in court Wednesday to ask the judge not to put his friend in prison but to allow him to continue receiving support from his friends and family as he tried to get his life back on track.

“Locking Nate up is one of the worst things that could happen,” Franklin said.

Hankie’s lawyer, public defender Megan Ring, said her client was gainfully employed and asked the judge for a Community Corrections sentence.

But prosecutor Tim Johnson said Hankie, with two prior felony convictions and a recent violation of his bond, deserved a stiffer penalty.

Hankie was re-arrested just last month after he failed a breath-alcohol test. He was barred from drinking as a condition of remaining out of jail.

Johnson said Poole’s back injury, which required his vertabrae be fused, may derail him from pursuing a career in the military.

But prosecutor Tim Johnson said Hankie, with two prior felony convictions and a recent violation of his bond, deserved a stiffer sentence.

Hankie was arrested again last month after he failed a breath-alcohol test. He was barred from drinking as a condition of remaining out of jail.

Archived comments

This guy has prison written all over him.

henry_savage

9/10/2008 12:18:46 PM

BYE BYE!

fardila@hotmail.com

9/10/2008 12:33:42 PM

my guess is it will not be his first rodeo those tats are an inside garbo job

spirosp

9/10/2008 1:19:08 PM

“But prosecutor Tim Johnson said Hankie, with two prior felony convictions and a recent violation of his bond, deserved a stiffer sentence.

Hankie was arrested again last month after he failed a breath-alcohol test. He was barred from drinking as a condition of remaining out of jail.”

Oops.

Pooks

9/10/2008 1:30:06 PM

8 years?

Stalins_Day_Planner

9/10/2008 2:52:43 PM

8 years at least.Drinking and then driving at twice the speed limit is the same as randomly shooting a gun – it’s only a matter of time before someone is killed – and should be prosecuted the same.

Buzz

9/10/2008 3:37:00 PM

His picture needs a caption, like “Duhhhh…”

f.coffman@comcast.net

9/10/2008 8:41:05 PM

My first thought upon seeing his picture was Nicholas Cage from the movie “Raising Arizona.”

Waste of air, even if the air comes from Boulder.

pantherlady2@msn.com

9/11/2008 1:28:32 AM

i was thinking more like ‘i’ll be taking these huggies…and any cash ya got’

clackmon@yahoo.com

9/11/2008 1:38:02 AM

clackmon,

I got your “Raising Arizona” reference.Yes, he looks the part.Unfortunately, in real life, these kind of low-class characters aren’t so amusing.

f.coffman@comcast.net

9/11/2008 2:08:30 AM

If this guy had been a cute little blonde CU student with rich parents, he would have been bailed out of jail in a few hours, taken back to Arizona, and be living home free…as this was the case with that dumb CU student who was driving THE WRONG WAY ON 36 on a Sunday morning, hit one car, and kept driving until she killed another driver on the way to the ski resorts. Does anyone remember that case? She drove a little BMW convertible…what was her name? Jennifer Fisholm? Happened in 2002…Never served a day. Didn’t have tatoos on her neck. Used to be drunk and drugged up all the time. Used to go into the stores on Pearl and blatantly steal things. A real mess. Was on some sort of party drug they couldn’t identify.

Flyonthewall

9/11/2008 2:21:50 AM

Oh yes, and we forgot to mention Richard Polk. If he’d only thought to run for office first he’d be living free!

Flyonthewall

9/11/2008 2:22:28 AM

Hey yeah, Richard Polk used scary poor judgment by driving with a warm pot pipe and after a few glasses of wine,but he wasn’t driving 70 mph down Spruce street nor did he kill anyone.However, the phrase “All men are created equal” refers to”equal UNDER THE LAW”, and this is obviously a joke in this city and country and always has been.

justmyopinion

9/11/2008 11:18:59 AM

I almost wish we could all hear the jokes in lockup:

Mister Hankie, the X-mas poo, he has fleas, and he loves booze . . .

Mason

9/11/2008 11:36:35 AM

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