Hank Tippins, Tampa Bay area man sentenced 10 years for DUI manslaughter

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for leaving the scene after a drunken driving crash.

A Hillsborough County judge sentenced 29-year-old Hank Tippins on Friday after he pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident. He had faced up to 47 years in prison.

Authorities say Tippins was drunk when he ran a red light and hit several cars in December 2011. The crash left 64-year-old Linda Fessell dead.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that authorities tracked Tippins' white Hummer to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino after he fled the scene. Three hours after the crash, Tippins had a blood alcohol level of 0.25 percent. Florida law considers a driver impaired at 0.08 percent.


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