Man to serve 90 days for fatal accident Girlfriend was killed in alcohol-related crash

January 23, 1998

A Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to seven years in prison with all but 90 days suspended for the auto manslaughter death of his girlfriend in 1996.

Circuit Court Judge Francis M. Arnold said he was uncomfortable with a plea arrangement for such a short sentence to be served at the Carroll County Detention Center.

Arnold said he wanted assurances that members of the family of Katherine Louise Caltrider, 24, of the 3800 block of Littlestown Pike, agreed that the defendant, David C. King Jr., 22, of Freeland in northern Baltimore County, should not receive a longer period of incarceration.

After receiving those assurances, Arnold placed King on four years' probation to be served after the 90-day term and said he would impose the balance of the sentence if King violated any conditions of his probation. King is required to abstain from alcohol and drugs, submit to random testing, complete an addiction treatment program in which he is enrolled and attend two Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week.

King was convicted in October of negligent manslaughter by auto after pleading not guilty but agreeing to accept the prosecutor's version of what happened.

Prosecutors said King's car spun out of control and struck a street sign and a utility pole at Route 97 and Stone Road north of Westminster about 1: 40 a.m. on Feb. 17, 1996. Caltrider was pronounced dead at the scene.

King's blood alcohol content was 0.04 when he was tested at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, but was determined to have been 0.0775 at the time of the accident. The state's blood-alcohol level for being intoxicated while driving is 0.10.

Pub Date: 1/23/98

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