Man who drove into oncoming traffic sentenced

Mug shot of Thomas A. Shambaugh provided by the Allen County Sheriff's Dept.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  Thomas A. Stambaugh of Huntertown had been drinking when he drove his truck into oncoming traffic on State Road 3 back in October 2014 in an attempt to commit suicide.  His truck collided with a vehicle occupied by a woman who was 38 weeks pregnant before it went off the road, into a cornfield and eventually a creek.

Monday morning, Stambaugh was sentenced to four years in prison for a charge of battery with a deadly weapon.  He also received two years suspended for criminal recklessness and 60 days each for OWI and criminal mischief.  He’s already received 142 days of good time credit.  Stambaugh’s license has also been suspended for two years and he’s been ordered to have no contact with the victims.  He plead guilty to the offenses in February.

“I wasn’t really sure what I was thinking that day.  It was a situation where I felt there was no hope left,” Stambaugh said during sentencing.  He also addressed the victims by saying, “If they were here today, I’d love to look at them and give them a formal apology.”  He ended his statements to the court by saying, “My heartfelt sadness goes out to the victims.”

The pregnant woman complained of abdominal pain right after the crash, however her unborn child was unharmed.

Stambaugh said he was depressed at the time of the incident and had been that way for a year and a half to two years although he’s never been medically diagnosed with the condition.  His blood alcohol content at the time of the crash registered .168.

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