Wrong-way, drunk driver sentenced for crash that injured officer

CREATED Feb 27, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - A judge sentenced wrong-way, drunk driver Erin Salmon to 18 months in prison for a crash that nearly killed an off-duty police officer.

Prosecutor Ronald Dague showed dramatic, jarring video of the crash in court. Salmon's car is seen driving the wrong way down I-94 with her headlights off. The DOT camera captured Salmon slamming into a car driven by an off duty police officer on his way home from work. The prosecutor said the officer had barely a second to react on the dark, rainy night in September.

Officer Joshua Albert struggled to walk as he made his way to the stand. He has not been back to work since the crash.

"Day by day, it's a battle. I'm in constant pain all day long through my ankles and my hips. It's been a struggle," Albert said.

It is incredible that both drivers survived the head-on collision at highway speeds. Authorities say Salmon had alcohol, marijuana and her perscription dose of the ADHD drug Adderall in her system.

"I want to apologize to the Albert family and my family for ever having to get that call in the middle of the night," Salmon said.

Judge Michael Guolee sentenced the first-time offender to 18 months in state prison followed by 24 months extended supervision.

The prosecutor requested two years in state prison. Salmon's defense attorney Julius Kim recommended one year in jail with work release privileges.

"The judge is trying to send a message to all the young people out there that you need to think twice before doing something like this," Kim said.

Officer Albert said he hopes to be back to light-duty police work soon.

Salmon came to court with her family and left in handcuffs.