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February 12, 2010 at 1:55 PM

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Update: Man sentenced to prison for vehicular assault

Posted by John de Leon

A 50-year-old man who police say was drunk when he plowed into a parked car, severely injuring a man and his son in December, was sentenced Friday afternoon to 30 months in prison.

The sentence Rodney James received was above the standard range of 13 to 17 months. He was also ordered to perform 18 months of community supervision following his release from prison.

James had pleaded guilty in January to two counts of vehicular assault.

Police said James had a blood-alcohol content of 0.16, twice the legal limit, immediately after the Dec. 12 crash. James was speeding east in the 1700 block of South Columbian Way when he lost control of his 1998 Corvette, slid across a sidewalk and into a driveway, where Wah Wong and his son, Jason, were standing, court papers said.

Jason Wong, 22, lost part of his leg in the crash. He appeared in court Friday afternoon along with his father. Both were in wheelchairs.

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Police found unopened beer cans in James' car and smelled alcohol on his breath. According to court records, James was convicted of reckless driving in January 2009, a charge that had been reduced from driving under the influence.

The Wong's own the Jade West Cafe in West Seattle, which has been closed since the crash and may not reopen because of the injuries to family members.

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