Retired Henrico police officer gets three years in DUI maiming case

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – A retired Henrico police officer is headed to prison.

John Randolph Tucker, III, was given three years behind bars for the July 2010 DUI crash that nearly killed a highway construction worker.

Robert Harrison still walks with a cane and probably will for a long time, but Tuesday was a good day.

Back in July of 2010, Harrison was almost killed while working at the I-295/Nuckols Road construction zone by a truck driven by John "Ran" Tucker, III. The retired Henrico police officer had been drinking earlier, then got behind the wheel.

"What doesn't seem consequential can be of incredible consequence. And there's a lot of things, where we know we know better, and we just need to do better," Harrison said following the sentencing hearing.

After the incident, Harrison was unconscious for the next 39 days. Considering the extent of the gruesome injuries, including numerous broken bones and internal wounds, it was probably for the best.

Tucker later was found guilty of DUI and felony maiming. He was remorseful in his apology today; reading a letter that said, "Neither of us will ever be the same," and, "I do not expect you to forgive me."

For that, Harrison said, it's too early.

"If anybody should know better, it's a police officer," he said.

The 42-year-old was satisfied by the three year sentence, and wept when thinking about the people who saved his life.

"I have a lot of people to thank, from the fire department and EMTs, all the medical treatment and, counseling and family and friends and down to the anonymous people who donated blood," Harrison said.

Harrison may never lose the cane, but he also hasn't lost his sense of humor when the question was raised about closure.

"What's closed? Half my wounds are still open," he said with a wry smile.

In addition to the three years behind bars with additional time suspended, Tucker was fined $1,000. His license was taken away indefinitely.

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