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Three to six years for Clifford Porterfield


A Saltsburg man was sentenced yesterday to serve three to six years in prison for an early-morning drunk driving crash that killed his friend in May of 2011.  56-year-oldCliffordPorterfield was convicted of homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, homicide by vehicle, and two separate counts of driving under the influence in a non-jury trial before Westmoreland County Judge John Blahovec in November.


Porterfield’s SUV hit a guardrail alongside Route 981 inLoyalhannaTownship, then went airborne for twenty feet and struck a tree.  His passenger, 43-year-old Ronald Puzak of Export, suffered massive injuries.  Puzak was put into someone else’s car and driven to a nearby house, where a medic treated him, but he died before he could be transported to a hospital.


At his trial, Porterfield claimed Puzak caused the crash by shoving him as he drove.  He said the two had argued about Puzak’s quitting his job earlier in the day.  Porterfield’s blood-alcohol content measured .151 percent, almost twice the legal limit.


He must report to prison on March 24th.   

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