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4 years for drunk driver who injured cop, killed K-9

June 8, 2022 GMT

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A 41-year-old South Carolina man will spend four years in prison for injuring a police officer and killing a K-9 in a 2018 drunken driving crash.

Richard Shore Jr., of North Charleston, pleaded guilty Monday to DUI resulting in great bodily injury. Circuit Judge Bentley Price sentenced him to 12 years, but suspended all but four, followed by four years of probation, The Post and Courier reported.

Shore crashed his vehicle Feb. 15, 2018 into a police cruiser occupied by North Charleston Police Officer Brandon Van Ausdal and his K-9, Mojo, while they were responding to a residential burglary. Van Ausdal suffered a broken leg and concussion.

Naomi Nation, a spokeswoman for the 9th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, said Van Ausdal underwent shoulder surgery after the crash and still suffers migraines and severe retrograde amnesia. Mojo was euthanized, Nation said.

Shore’s blood alcohol content the night of the crash was nearly 0.16% – twice the legal limit to operate a vehicle.

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Van Ausdal resigned from the North Charleston Police Department in January 2020 after nearly a decade of service. He is currently a police detective in East Cocalico Township, Pennsylvania.

Van Ausdal had asked Price to sentence Shore to 15 years in prison, the maximum amount for the offense. He could not be reached for comment regarding the judge’s decision.