Manheim Township man sentenced in DUI crash

Lancaster District Attorney's Office

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A Manheim Township man will spend six and a half months on house arrest followed by 5 months in prison as part of his sentence in a DUI case.

Tate R. Simmons, 35, will also serve a year of parole and four years of probation, in addition to performing 150 hours of community service.

Last year, police say Simmons drove under the influence and caused a crash that left a 70-year-old man hospitalized for two weeks with a brain injury.

According a police report, Simmons was out drinking with friends on the night it happened. His blood-alcohol level was reportedly a .198 percent, more than twice the state’s legal limit.

Both vehicles involved were a total loss.

In August, Simmons was convicted of aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI.

Judge David Ashworth has allowed Simmons to serve the initial house-arrest term, rather than prison, because Simmons’ wife is pregnant.

According to the district attorney’s office, Judge Ashworth did not want to punish the woman and child for Simmons’ actions.

Simmons has also been ordered to undergo drug and alcohol treatment. Prior to DUI case, he Simmons not have a criminal record.

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