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Drunk Driver Sentenced to Help With Therapy

July 11, 1985

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) _ The father of a boy left paralyzed in an accident involving a drunken driver says he’s happy the culprit, a nurse, has been ordered to help in the boy’s therapy.

″If he has any kind of conscience at all, it will do him good to see what he did,″ said Tom Kelleher. Percy Mayes Jr., 36, a licensed practical nurse, was ordered to work with Kelleher’s son, Barry, 4, at a rehabilitation hospital as part of his sentence.

″Barry will do a better job of making that man feel bad than anyone else in the world could do,″ Kelleher said.

Kelleher and his wife Karen asked Mesa County Judge William Ela to issue the order at a resentencing hearing Tuesday.

Mayes, who was convicted of vehicular assault, has spent the past five months in the penitentiary at Canon City.

He soon will return to Grand Junction to spend six months in a work-release program, and then the remainder of his two-year sentence on probation. Ela ordered him to work with Barry during that time.

″I would prefer not to have to do that, but if that’s part of the sentence, I’ll do it,″ Mayes said.

Court records show Mayes was drunk when he was driving a car that collided with a motorcycle near Grand Junction on June 16, 1984. Barry, a passenger on the motorcycle with his father and 5-year-old brother, was left paralyzed from the neck down.

Mayes’ service to the child will come at Hilltop Rehabilitation Hospital, where Barry is hooked up to a respirator.

″I was wrong,″ Mayes said, but he also criticized Kelleher for riding with two children on a motorcycle.

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