Jordan Randolph, 43, of Bellport, was sentenced to 12 1/2 to 25 1/2 years in prison at Suffolk County Court on Friday 16 June.
He was previously convicted by a jury of aggravated vehicular homicide and other charges in the death of Johnathan Flores Maldonado.
According to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Randolph drank for several hours on Jan. 12, 2020, while sitting “extremely intoxicated” behind the wheel of a Cadillac ATS.
Later that night in Shirley, a Suffolk County Sheriff watched as he swerved into oncoming traffic at the intersection of William Floyd Parkway and Ross Executive Avenue, just off the department’s No. Seven points out.
The officer reported seeing Randolph backing up and driving in the southbound lanes of William Floyd Parkway. When officers tried to pull him over to the side of the road, Randolph refused to stop and continued driving, prosecutors said.
Randolph then turned around and fled the officer “at high speed,” according to investigators. Moments later, he crashed into the Ford Escape driven by Maldonado.
The impact was so severe that Maldonado’s car flipped over the roof and landed nearly 500 feet down the road.
Maldonado died of blunt force trauma suffered in the crash, prosecutors said.
Later, when police tried to arrest Randolph, Randolph reportedly became aggressive and verbally abused the paramedics who were helping him.
He refused to undergo a blood test to determine his blood alcohol level, but officials eventually obtained a court order forcing him to do so.
Five hours after the crash, Randolph’s blood alcohol level was 0.20 percent, more than double the legal driving limit, according to investigators.
A search warrant was also obtained for the blood he gave at the hospital two hours after the accident, which showed 0.23 percent, almost three times the legal limit.
Police also checked his vehicle’s incident data recorder, which showed he had been traveling at 137 mph in the seconds before the crash.
At the time, Randolph was facing pending criminal charges for circumventing an ignition interlock in Nassau County.
The devices, which can be imposed by judges after a drink-driving conviction, connect to a vehicle’s engine and ask drivers to blow into the engine to determine if they were drinking.
If the device detects alcohol, the vehicle will not start.
On February 15, 2023, jurors found Randolph guilty of the following charges:
Aggravated vehicular homicide (felony)
Second-degree vehicular manslaughter (felony)
DUI aggravated driving (felony)
Illegal Fleeing from Police in the First Degree (Felony)
First degree aggravated driving a motor vehicle without a license (felony)
Bypassing an ignition interlock (misdemeanor)
Resisting Arrest (Misdemeanor)
Reckless driving (misdemeanor)
“This defendant was a serial drunk driver who had no regard for anyone’s life, including his own,” Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond Tierney said in a statement.
“The fact that he was able to hit the streets with pending charges for not using a court-mandated ignition interlock before driving is incomprehensible. The whole point of an ignition interlock is to keep drunk drivers off the road,” he continued Said.
“I hope this lengthy sentence serves justice for the victim’s family after this senseless but avoidable crime.”
Randolph’s extensive criminal history includes six felony counts, including felony assault and attempted robbery, and multiple felony and misdemeanor DWI convictions.
In 2003, he was sentenced to six to 12 years in prison for a felony count of selling a controlled substance on or near campus.
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