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Hudson Valley Man Jailed For Intoxicated Fatal Hit-and-Run

Orange County District Attorney's Office
Orange County District Attorney’s Office

An intoxicated Hudson Valley man was sentenced for a drunk driving accident that killed a 31-year-old local man.


On Thursday in Orange County Court, 33-year-old Michael Rule of Pine Bush was sentenced to two to seven years in prison for the killing of Luis DeJesus.

On January 5, 2017, Rule pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter. His sentence was the maximum authorized for the charge, officials say.

On June 13, 2016, Rule was driving on Route 300 in the Town of New Windsor. Luis DeJesus, 31, was also walking down the road near his home when Rule hit him from behind, resulting in injuries that ultimately killed DeJesus.

Rule then fled the scene. A few miles away, in the Town of Newburgh, a couple, who didn’t see the collision, saw Rule driving his car with extensive damage. The couple followed him and called police.

The couple followed Rule for several miles, relaying Rule’s license plate number and his direction of travel to police the entire time. They continued to follow Rule even after he got into the passenger seat of a car driven by another man.

Police soon arrived and arrested Rule in the second car. A blood test done on Rule revealed that his blood-alcohol level was .15 percent. DNA evidence also linked Rule’s car to the deceased pedestrian.

“This defendant was deserving of receiving the maximum sentence for this crime,” said Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler. “Not only did this defendant place the entire community at risk by his decision to drive while severely intoxicated, but when he struck and killed an innocent man he compounded his crime by fleeing without even checking the condition of his victim.”

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