Charges Filed In Gruesome DUI Hit-And-Run

(WBBM/STMW) – A 26-year-old Northwest Indiana man has been charged in a gruesome hit-and-run case.

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William Albrecht Jr. of Hobart was pulled over for speeding late Saturday night in Gary.

Police say Albrecht had hit Paul Williams, 52, outside the Lake Station nursing home where Williams lived. Albrecht’s pick-up truck hit Williams with enough force to throw the victim into the bed of the truck

Court records indicate the police officer who stopped Albrecht saw human legs and a pair of blue jeans hanging off the tailgate of Albrecht’s pick-up truck.

The windshield was smashed and Albrecht reportedly had pieces of glass on him.

Albrecht allegedly admitted to the officer he had drunk a case of beer and had hit someone with the truck.

But, “The driver apparently had no clue that he actually had the victim in the back of his truck,” Lt. John McDaniel said.

Police said they found part of Williams’ leg in the 2000 block of Ripley, Lake Station, where he was struck. It happened outside Lake Park Residential Care.

Albrecht is charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, causing death and failure to stop after an accident resulting in death. According to the Post-Tribune, was way over the minimum for being legally drunk.

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  • Mohammed Bin

    If you lived in Indiana you would be a drunk too!

  • FR

    People like William Albrecht Jr. give drunk drivers a bad name. Most drunk drivers drive more carefully to compensate for their impairment, just as old people drive more carefully to compensate for their impairment.

    • Bobbi70

      FR – Excuse me!!! Drunk drivers drive carefully?? Are you kidding me?? We’ve been in back of drunk drivers that have hit curbs, stop signs, and even a pedestrian on a sidewalk. Older people are NOT impaired. They drive slower because their reactions are not as fast as when they were younger, which is NOT an impairment. You sound like a habitual drunk driver and THAT IS an impairment. Hope we never meet you on the road.

  • Morg

    Bobbi – Many Elderly people ARE impaired, not only do their reaction times drop dangerously, but decision making ability is also very slow, very much like that of a person that has had a few drinks, people with .08-.12 BAC are often able to drive just fine, not all, but some. Any higher then that and most everyone is a hazard. If you look at the cases of driving through store fronts from the parking lot, or confusing the brake and gas pedal and driving through crowds of people, it’s always an elderly person.

  • Jim

    It’s obama’s fault no matter what.

  • Kandi Alexander

    WOW…I went to school with William Albrecht Jr. It is sad that he could do such a thing. It just goes to show that alcohol makes you do some crazy, stupid things.

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