Man jailed for crash that paralyzed officer heads back to prison

Jerrel Watkins (Provided Photo/Madison County Jail)

PENDLETON, Ind. (WISH) — A man responsible for a drunk driving crash that paralyzed an Indianapolis police officer in 2012 is going back to prison for another drunk driving incident.

Thirty-year-old Jerrel Watkins, of Pendleton, was sentenced to six years in prison this week. His sentencing stems from a July 4 incident where police say he was driving drunk with a 13-year-old boy in his vehicle.

A Madison County judge also ordered that Watkins receive treatment for his addiction to alcohol, 24-Hour News 8’s news partners at The Herald Bulletin report.

Watkins pleaded guilty in 2013 to the drunk driving crash in 2012 that left IMPD Officer Santos Cortez paralyzed. Watkins was sentenced to three years in that case. According to prison records, he was released in Nov. 2013.

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