- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 24, 2017

LINDEN, N.J. (AP) - A man who was driving drunk when he struck and killed a motorcyclist has pleaded guilty to death-by-auto charges.

Union County prosecutors say Antonio Rodriguez faces a five-year state prison term when he’s sentenced March 10. The 46-year-old Linden man entered his plea Tuesday.

Authorities say the December 2015 crash occurred in Linden.

Rodriguez cut off 51-year-old motorcyclist Carlos Arce, who tried to avoid a collision. But the Elizabeth man slid off his motorcycle and into the rear of Rodriguez’s vehicle.

Arce was pronounced dead at the scene.



Prosecutors say Rodriguez had a blood-alcohol level of slightly more than twice the legal limit at the time of the accident.

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