ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KSDK) - A man charged with driving while intoxicated in an August 2012 crash that led to a second chain reaction collision, killing a St. Louis alderman, has pleaded guilty in St. Charles County.
Patrick Mullen of St. Charles admitted being drunk when he lost control of his vehicle on Highway 370, causing a minor accident. He was sentence to a suspended jail term and placed on two years probation.
Mullen, 26, will undergo treatment for alcohol abuse as well as an order from the court to use an ignition interlock device on his car and not to purchase, possess, or consume any alcohol.
Mullen's crash was blamed on the collision of three tractor trailer trucks, two of which had slowed to a stop due to Mullen's disabled vehicle.
The third 18-wheeler, driven by 27th Ward Alderman Greg Carter, slammed into the rear of one idle semi, pushing that truck into the back of the lead truck.
Carter was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident after being trapped inside the cab of his truck.
The Carter family is currently involved in wrongful death litigation against a variety of defendants including the trucking firms and Mullen.