TERRY GUILTY: The jury has found Keith Terry guilty of serious injury by vehicle for a crash that seriously injured a Des Moines police officer
A Polk County jury has reached a guilty verdict for a North Carolina man who police say was driving drunk when he seriously injured a Des Moines police officer.
Keith Terry is charged with running over a Des Moines police officer directing traffic at the Iowa State Fair last year. At the time, prosecutors said Terry had a blood alcohol content of .264, more than double the legal limit. They claimed that by proving that Terry was drunk, they proved he was driving recklessly.
No one is disputing the fact that Officer Phoukham Tran suffered serious injuries. But Terry’s defense said he had a green light and Tran turned his back to traffic when the accident happened.
“He didn’t take a bullet for the crowd. He made a mistake when he stepped in front of a moving truck that had a green light,” says Terry’s defense attorney Darren Page.
“He was where he was supposed to be, doing what he was supposed to do. But it was too late. Mr. Terry could not have stopped his Ford F 350 because at that time 26% of his blood was alcohol,” said assistant Polk County Attorney David Porter.
Testimony lasted for three days. The prosecution called 21 witnesses while Terry’s defense called only one.
Terry was found guilty of serious injury by vehicle and operating while intoxicated. He pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana in the case.