FL Marine Says PTSD Led to Fatal DUI Crash

By: AP
By: AP

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A Marine captain awaiting trial in Tampa on a
DUI-manslaughter charge will offer an insanity defense because he
suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain
injury, conditions he acquired during combat.

The 38-year-old Scott Sciple is charged in the death of Pedro
Rivera. Florida Highway Patrol troopers said Sciple was drunk and
driving the wrong way on a Tampa interstate when he crashed into
Rivera's car.

Sciple's lawyer says he was having a "dissociative episode" at
the time of the crash and believed he was on a military deployment.

Marine officials wrote an 860-page report on Sciple's case and
acknowledged that the corps should be more thorough in evaluating
and treating PTSD.

Sciple is in jail in Tampa while awaiting trial. A hearing is
scheduled for Nov. 14.

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