Man charged in 2012 drunk driving crash will serve two years in prison

MGN Online

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)-- An Eau Claire man charged in a 2012 drunk driving crash that killed his wife and a friend, will serve two years in prison.

69-year-old Gerald Duane Larson was sentenced in Chippewa County court Friday. He will also serve a total of four years of extended supervision.

In January, Larson pleaded no contest to one count of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and two counts of injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle. Several other counts were dismissed but read in.

According to the criminal complaint, Larson said he had three beers before the September 8th crash. It says Larson ran a stop sign on Highway 124, north of Chippewa Falls. His SUV hit a pickup truck, killing his wife Karen and passenger, Lori Barger.