Drunken driver gets 8-year prison term, then deportation to Mexico

YOUNGSTOWN — The drunken driver who seriously injured two college students in a head-on collision on Western Reserve Road last summer is going to prison for eight years, after which he’ll be deported to Mexico.

Judge John M. Durkin of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court imposed the prison time today on Victor Manuel Galindo-Barjas, 36, who had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated vehicular assault and one count of drunk driving in the July 25 crash.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol reported that Barjas had a blood-alcohol content of 0.273 — more than three times the state legal limit of 0.08.

“The choice to drink and drive is like placing a bullet in a gun...and pulling the trigger,” said Judge Durkin, adding that the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement will deport Barjas to his native Mexico when his prison term ends.

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