SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Lawrence man has pleaded guilty to drunken driving for a crash last New Year's Eve that took the life of his longtime girlfriend.

Mikhael Sarkis was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison and five years of probation after pleading guilty Wednesday in Salem Superior Court to charges including motor vehicle homicide while intoxicated.

Prosecutors say the 51-year-old Sarkis' blood alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit to drive on Dec. 31 when he drove in the wrong lane over the Gillis Bridge connecting Newburyport and Salisbury and caused a head-on crash.

His girlfriend of eight years, 41-year-old Donna Bergeron of East Hampstead, N.H., died.

The Eagle-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1aGis28 ) reports that Sarkis' lawyer said his client is remorseful and would switch places with Bergeron in a heartbeat.

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Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), http://www.eagletribune.com