ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV) – A man charged with driving drunk when he caused a wreck that killed a St. Louis alderman in Aug. 2012 pleaded guilty in St. Charles County court on Thursday.
Patrick Mullen, 26, was given a suspended jail term and sentenced to two years probation. He will also undergo treatment for alcohol abuse and be forced to use an ignition interlock device on his car. A court order forbids him from purchasing, possessing or drinking any alcohol.
Mullen last week admitted to being drunk when the pick-up truck he was driving on Highway 370 in St. Charles clipped a semi-truck on Aug. 1, 2012. Two other semi-trucks pulled over to assist after the accident.
St. Louis City Alderman Gregory Carter, 54, was driving his UPS truck and was unable to stop in time to avoid slamming into the other vehicles.
Authorities said Carter died on impact. He worked at UPS for a day job and served four terms as the 27th Ward Alderman.
Mullen was initially arrested after the crash for suspicion of drunk driving. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries and was later released from custody. He was later charged with involuntary manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.
In 2005, Mullen was pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving and refused a breathalyzer test. At that time, Mullen would have been under the age of 21.