A Lower Macungie man was sentenced to state prison Tuesday for driving drunk when his car crashed in Allentown in 2012, leaving his passenger paralyzed from the chest down.
Online court records show that Stephan Ernst, 33, got three to 10 years in state prison in a sentence handed down by Lehigh County Judge Maria Dantos.
Referring to Ernst's passenger in the Oct. 3, 2012 crash, Dantos told Ernst, "You did take his life. It was the doctors that saved him," according to a story posted on LehighValleyLive.
The records show that Ernst, of 5335 Juliet Circle, pleaded guilty in November to a charge of aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI. Other charges, including DUI first offense, recklessly endangering another person and reckless driving, were dropped in the plea agreement.