A Center Township man has been sentenced to four years in prison after
pleading guilty to driving drunk and killing a Rockville, Ind., motorcyclist
in an accident last year.
On Jan. 3, David Corbett, 61, with a listed address of 225 W. U.S. Highway
30, was sentenced to eight years in the Indiana Department of Correction,
with four years suspended and to be served on formal probation.
Corbett had pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated with a blood
alcohol content over .08 percent and causing death, a Class C felony
punishable by a term of two to eight years.
In his sentencing order, Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford made
note of two aggravating circumstances: Corbett’s criminal history and the
fact that his driver’s license was suspended at the time of the crash.
Bradford found no mitigating circumstances.
Bradford also ordered Corbett to undergo substance abuse evaluation and to
complete any recommended treatment and to make restitution of $12,681.26 in
periodic payments, with the balance to be paid no later than two months
prior to the conclusion of his probation period.
In addition, Bradford suspended Corbett’s license for five years following
his release from prison.
Corbett will be eligible for release after serving half his sentence, or two
years. He will receive credit for 21 days of time already served.
According to the Porter County Sheriff’s Police, at 1:43 p.m. June 21, 2011,
Corbett was westbound on C.R. 600S in Pleasant Township when he disregarded
the stop sign at the intersection of Ind. 49 and his 1995 Mitsubishi Montero
collided with Howard Schwartz, 61, who was northbound on Ind. 49 on his 2003
Schwartz was pronounced dead at the scene.
Corbett advised at the time that he was westbound on C.R. 600S and
approaching the intersection, police said. “He believed the roadway was
clear and looked both ways, then continued forward. (Corbett) stated he
didn’t see a headlight and was struck by the motorcycle. (Corbett) stated on
multiple occasions . . . that he ran the stop sign and the crash was his
Police said that Corbett showed signs of intoxication, failed several field
sobriety tests, and registered a B.A.C. of .10 percent on a portable breath
test. Corbett subsequently consented to a blood draw, two of which were
conducted at Porter hospital, one at 3:30 p.m., the second at 4:01 p.m.
Corbett was also charged with driving while suspended-prior, police said.