published Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Chattanooga man sentenced to 20 years in vehicular assault case

A 57-year-old Chattanooga man has been sentenced to two decades in prison for plowing his van into the back of a car, seriously injuring five family members.

Danny Ray Dunn was given the maximum time on each of the five counts against him and Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern chose to run the sentences consecutively.

She made the decision based on prosecutor Kate Lavery's argument for enhanced sentencing related to Dunn's criminal record and disregard for his reckless behavior.

Chattanooga police arrested Dunn after a May 20, 2011, wreck in which he rear-ended a silver Ford Taurus with his black Dodge van, forcing the car into the back of a tractor-trailer.

At the time of the wreck, Dunn was on probation for his second DUI conviction.

He has a criminal history dating back to 1987 in Hamilton County with more than 17 guilty pleas to charges including patronizing prostitution, domestic assault, assault and battery and vehicular assault.

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