NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A man was sentenced to six years in prison after he ran his motorcycle into a brick wall in North Charleston, nearly killing a female passenger.
Todd Coffield was found guilty Tuesday night of felony driving under the influence.
Officials with the Ninth Solicitor's Office say Coffield offered to drive a woman to a Waffle House on his motorcycle in the early morning hours of Aug. 17, 2010.
The last thing the woman remembered about the drive home was ducking down and clutching to Coffield as he sped down Elms Plantation Boulevard. Court officials say a right turn in the road proved too sharp for Coffield, and the motorcycle flew off the road, traveling 250 yards through a wooden sign and two sets of bushes before crashing into a brick wall.
Due to the impact, the woman was in a coma for over a month. She suffered a lacerated spleen and liver, and fractured nearly every bone in her body, including the bones in her neck.
Doctors testified that she will have lasting paralysis in her arm and require lifelong medical treatment, but is "extremely lucky" to be alive. Coffield was also injured in the crash, and had no prior record.
"This is a sad case for everyone involved, and we hope that it serves as a warning to anyone thinking about drinking and driving," Assistant Solicitor Spencer Compton said.