Former DPS officer found guilty of aggravated assault in wreck

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PHOENIX -- A former Department of Public Safety officer was found guilty of aggravated assault for a 2007 collision that injured a motorcyclist.

George Aguilera, 52, was off-duty in May 2007 when his car hit a motorcycle on Interstate 17 near Glendale Avenue at approximately 1:20 a.m.

The motorcycle rider was thrown from his vehicle and run over by a tractor-trailer. The victim sustained multiple fractures and internal injuries and his right leg had to be amputated.

Aguilera had been drinking prior to the crash.

"Drunk driving by this former law-enforcement officer caused severe injuries to an innocent victim," Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said. "No one is above the law, as this defendant has learned."

Aguilera faces a prison term of five to 15 years when he is sentenced on April 24.