Pickup driver pleads guilty in jogger's death

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A northwest Indiana has pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance, causing a death.

The Post-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/OVyzOZ ) that 20-year-old Joseph Ruwaldt entered the plea Friday in the death last year of 62-year-old Garry Bradley, a retired bank president who struck by a pickup while jogging. Bradley was the brother-in-law of Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas.

According to court records, accident reconstruction experts estimated Ruwaldt was traveling more than 50 mph when he struck Bradley. He told police he'd fallen asleep at the wheel.

Police said marijuana metabolites were found in Ruwaldt's blood. Ruwaldt told police he hadn't been drinking and had smoked marijuana the day before.

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to drop two felonies and five misdemeanors.


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