Posted at: 05/20/2013 7:51 PM
By: Brianna Long
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- We are just a few days away from Memorial Day weekend, and with Olmsted County listed as one of the 13 most dangerous DWI counties in the state, there's now doubt law enforcement officials will be on high alert. In a story only on ABC 6 News, prison inmate Chris Frisch is speaking out about one of the deadliest drunk driving accidents in Minnesota. He was driving drunk when he fell asleep, and blew through a stop sign, killing five people.
"I remember coming down 30, and I knew the stop sign was coming up and I basically blinked," said Frisch.
Chris Frisch opened his eyes to the scene of an accident on May 23rd, 2009.
"I remember crawling out from the ditch, and I called my girl and told her I didn't know what was going to be going on, that I was probably going to be going to jail 'cuz I had a bad accident," remembered Frisch.
A bad accident that, he later learned, killed five people.
"I really messed up," Frisch remembers.
Terry, Jarrah, Heidi, Carter, and little baby Raymond.
"Could have been my kids. Could have been my family. It could have been.... I just think of, if just my family was in the vehicle, and if nobody else died but my family. But the reality is, they didn't and now I've got to deal with the aftermath of what actually happened," said Frisch.
He had been drinking that night, and his blood alcohol level was .19, more than twice the legal limit.
"I had lots of opportunities not to that night. I just wasn't thinking of what could happen. Nobody ever does. In a million years, I would never have thought anything like this would happen," said Frisch.
Chris was sentenced to five years in prison, which he is serving at the Lino Lakes Correctional Facility.
"In all reality, I'll never be free because I'm still holding on to that. It's something I've got to deal with every day," said Frisch.
Reporter: "would you consider yourself a murderer?"
Chris: "no. That is kind of hard. I was gonna say because there's no purpose. But in a lot of murders, what really was the purpose I guess? So I guess that's, I guess I don't know how I would answer that."
Reporter: "Are you sorry for what happened?"
Chris "Very much so, yes.
After Chris finishes serving his time in prison, he plans to try to move on with life; going back to work, raising his two daughters. But he also wants to pass along a message. A message, he hopes, could save lives.
"I guess to really think about what could happen. And think about the choices you're about to make because there's a lot of stuff that could happen behind the wheel. Whether you're drinking, or talking on a cell phone, or just being distracted. All it takes is a split second. I'll never get passed it. It's part of my past and you can never change that. It's just how I deal with it, and how I continue to deal with it in the future," said Chris.
Chris is scheduled to be released from prison in April of 2015. He will then serve 2 1/2 years probation. Besides Chris, there is one other survivor of that crash. Her name is Rita Seha. And even though Chris killed five of her closest family and friends, Rita says she and Chris are like family. That's coming up in part two.