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Man who sat on curb during fiery, intoxicated motorcycle crash sentenced

BURKBURNETT (KFDX/KJTL) — A man police say crashed into a motorcycle in 2019 and sat on a curb while the victim was burned in a fire has pleaded guilty.

Garrett Nelski was handed a suspended 10-year sentence and 160 hours community service in his plea for intoxication assault with a vehicle with serious bodily injury, and in a separate plea and court, three days in jail for resisting arrest.

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In August 2019, police officers said a motorcyclist was struck by a car driven by Nelski in the 4000 block of Southwest Parkway, and the motorcycle and car caught fire, severely burning the motorcyclist on his hands, legs and back.

They said Nelski was sitting on a curb and showed numerous clues of intoxication and a warrant for a blood sample was obtained.

At the hospital for the blood draw, the officers said Nelski began to resist and had to be handcuffed to the bed and held down by four officers to get the sample.

About a year after this arrest, he was arrested again when police in Burkburnett said he was involved in a disturbance with his girlfriend and her ex-husband.

Police said Nelski smelled heavily of alcohol and smashed a car window with his hand. That charge has been dismissed.

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