A Tacoma man pleaded guilty Tuesday to causing a wreck that last year left one person dead and two injured.
Karl Morine, 47, faces up to nine years in prison when sentenced next month for vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.
The vehicular homicide conviction was Morine’s second strike under Washington’s “three strikes you’re out law.”
He has a previous robbery conviction and now faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of another so-called “most serious offense.”
Pierce County prosecutors said Morine was drunk when his SUV T-boned a minivan at South 32nd Street and Pacific Avenue on Dec. 12.
The minivan’s driver, 57-year-old Kenton Selander of Lakewood, was killed. A passenger in Selander’s minivan was hurt as was a passenger in Morine’s SUV, court records show.
Prosecutors said Morine blew a 0.298 on a portable breathalyzer right after the wreck. That’s more than three times the legal blood-alcohol level of 0.08.