Repeat DUI offender convicted of vehicular assault
EAGLE ” A repeat DUI offender was convicted of vehicular assault for seriously injuring a passenger in his car while driving drunk.
Sergiy Bilogub, a 25-year-old with multiple aliases, was sentenced to one year in jail, 10 years probation without drugs or alcohol, intensive rehabilitation and 200 hours of community service.
Bilogub has been convicted of driving under the influence four times, according to Colorado Bureau of Investigation records.
“As the court and defense put it, in some ways this sentence is harsher than just doing a straight prison sentence,” Deputy District Attorney Greg Crittenden said. “Now he’s got a lengthy time period of punishment, as well as jail. After that, he’s looking at more lengthy punishment if he violates.
“It’s giving him the rope and noose to run his own neck,” Crittenden said.
Sergiy Bilogub, 25, was driving east on Interstate 70 in August 2004 when he drifted onto the left shoulder, lost control and drove back across the road, according to a report by Colorado State Trooper Jeffrey Gowin. The car hit the embankment and rolled three times.
Both Bilogub and passenger Ekaterina Gorbach, neither wearing their seat belts, were ejected from car, the report shows. Gorbach suffered head and chest injuries and was in a coma, Gowin reported.
Bilogub told a witness Gorbach was driving the car, but two other witnesses stated Bilogub was driving the car, according to the report.
Gowin reported two unopened bottles of beer in a 24-pack container, and another empty bottle on the driver’s side floor.
A blood sample showed Bilogub had a blood alcohol content of .179, over the legal limit of .08.
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