Man who killed teen in 1995 DUI crashes truck into house
ROOSEVELT — A Roosevelt man with a lengthy history of DUI arrests was arrested Sunday after police say he crashed his truck into a house and then ran away, leaving an open container of beer behind in the truck.
The arrest came 17 years to the day after the man killed a teenager in a DUI crash.
Albert Fred Turner, 45, was arrested about 11 a.m. and booked into the Duchesne County Jail for investigation of leaving the scene of a crash and open container.
Turner crashed into a house at 240 N. Gates Drive about 5 a.m., damaging a Jeep in the driveway, the garage door, a vehicle in the garage and a sign in front of the house, according to Roosevelt police officer Clint Robinson.
Turner's truck became stuck in a snowbank and he fled on foot before the homeowners could get outside, Robinson said. An open beer can was found inside the truck, the officer said.
No one was injured in the crash.
Officers began looking for Turner and found him six hours later, working on another vehicle outside his home. He was intoxicated, Robinson said, and was taken into custody.
Turner has a lengthy history of DUI convictions, court records show, with misdemeanor convictions in 1992 in West Jordan, 1993 in Vernal and 1994 in Roosevelt.
In August 1996, Turner pleaded guilty to automobile homicide in Duchesne County for a Dec. 30, 1995, DUI crash that killed his 18-year-old passenger, Jessica Vanderlinden, according to court records.
Turner was sentenced to zero to 15 years in prison. He served less than five years before being released on parole, Department of Corrections spokesman Steve Gehrke said. His parole ended in 2003.
A year later, Turner was charged with three felony DUIs in four months. He pleaded guilty to a pair of DUI charges in exchange for the dismissal of the third DUI and was sentenced to prison in April 2005, court records show.
Turner was paroled again in June 2006, Gehrke said. The state Board of Pardons and Parole terminated his sentence one year later.
At the time of his arrest Sunday, Turner was on court probation, which stemmed from his conviction in January on charges of intoxication, open container and failure to wear a seat belt. Court records show that Turner committed those offenses on Dec. 30, 2011.
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