Lydian gets 12 years for DUI crash, stolen truck

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By Staff

A man accused of crashing a stolen truck in Nelson County in February has received a 12-year jail sentence.

David Jerome “Da Da” Lydian, 38, of Bardstown, was convicted by jury trial Tuesday of receiving stolen property, first- and third-degree criminal mischief, driving on a suspended license and DUI, with all-time running concurrently for a total of 12 years. Lydian was denied probation.

On the morning of Feb. 2, Lydian wrecked a truck near Pottershop Road and upon responding to the crash, deputies learned the vehicle had been reported stolen less than 20 minutes prior. The owner of the truck told police he had started the vehicle to warm it, and when he came back outside, it was gone.

Lydian was determined to have been intoxicated at the time of the crash, which left the truck badly damaged and Lydian with a leg injury. Lydian had run off the road and into a tree line.

“We are pleased with the verdict, and we appreciate the jury’s hard work in this case,” said First Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Chip McKay of the conviction against Lydian.

The charges Lydian faced Tuesday posed potential sentences ranging from 90 days in jail to five years in prison, but two of those 5-year charges — receiving stolen property and first-degree criminal mischief — were enhanced to 12 years because he was convicted as a first-degree persistent felony offender.

Lydian’s criminal history includes convictions for first-degree wanton endangerment of a police officer, possession and trafficking in drugs and domestic violence.

Lydian waived a formal sentencing hearing and was sentenced by the court Tuesday.