VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A 28-year-old Oregon man has been sentenced to 2½ years in prison for the traffic crash that killed a friend last April in southwest Washington.
The Columbian reports that Serengaw Ham of Portland pleaded guilty Thursday to vehicular homicide in the crash that killed 18-year-old Arnoux Benjamin, also of Portland.
Sheriff's deputies say the Ford Crown Victoria hit a tree.
Court documents say a deputy found an opened 12-pack box of beer behind the driver's seat. Prosecutors say Ham's blood alcohol level was .12, above the legal intoxication threshold of .08.
The newspaper says it wasn't clear why the Portland men were in rural northern Clark County.