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Man pleads guilty in DUI crash that injured teens

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Christopher Breza
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Christopher Breza

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Christopher Breza, 56, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of DUI resulting in serious injury in connection with a 2015 crash two years ago that injured two teenagers, one who lost his leg from his injuries.

As this was Breza's fourth DUI arrest, he was sentenced to 4 years in prison. His trial was scheduled for next week. Civil litigation is still pending in the case.

According to the FHP, Breza failed to notice a Ford Explorer disabled in the center lane of Blanding and struck the 14- and 17-year-old boys and the SUV. One of the victims was pinned underneath the van and the second was thrown onto the highway. Both were taken to UF Health Jacksonville with critical injuries.

Breza's previous DUI arrests -- in 1987, 1988 and 1994 -- were all in Miami-Dade County. His license was suspended for 180 days after his first DUI, for five years after his second and for 10 years after his third DUI. His license was reissued in 2005.

Breza also had two open container citation violations -- one in 1994 and one in 1999 -- and twice had his license suspended for refusal to submit to a breathalyzer or blood test. He was treated for substance abuse in 1996.