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Man Sentenced to 10 Years In Prison For Cambridge Truck/Jetski Crash In 2015

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.-  On a late evening in July of last year, people living in Cambridge were brought out of their homes by the sound of crunching metal and shattered glass.  The sound was a pickup truck towing two Jet Skis on a trailer. 

After striking 20 cars, hitting a building, and demolishing a shed, the chase after Craig Souris came to a halt after crashing head on into a Cambridge Police Department cruiser.  Close to a year later, the owners of all that damaged property are now getting their closure.

The last time we saw Cesar Gonzalez's car, it was not looking as clean as it does today.  The rear window was broken in the path of destruction last July.

"We didn't have our car for six weeks more or less.  It had to go to the shop, and then sent somewhere else, and then came back, and then it was sent somewhere else, it was a huge hassle," said Gonzalez.

The man charged with the crime, Craig Souris, took an Alford plea, which means he didn't plead guilty, but acknowledged there was enough evidence to convict him.

"I think we all suspect that certain substances in his system not only affected the intent, but were probably really were serious contributing factors to what happened that night," said Dorchester County State's Attorney Bill Jones.

Many car owners had to pay out of pocket for repairs, but Jones says restitution is coming.

"When this defendant finishes his prison sentence, that restitution obligation will really kick in at that point.  Parole and probation will put him on a payment plan, and as those payments come in, parole and probation will dole them out to the various victims," he said.

Gonzalez, who is also a pastor and has met with Souris, says he can sympathize with the man that smashed his car.

"I feel like he made a series of bad mistakes.  Not a bad guy, but a series of bad mistakes that led him to this spot," said Gonzalez.

Souris is now serving 10 years in prison, with 10 years suspended for an assault charge. The property damage charges filed against him were dismissed.  Souris will be eligible for parole after five years.  Once he's on probation, he has to start making payments on the $51 thousand of restitution.  If he does not, he could return to serve those 10 years suspended.

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