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Jun 30, 2014 6:20 PM by Janine Reyes

Drunk Driving Victim: 'I'm 34 in an 84-Year-Old's Environment'

CORPUS CHRISTI -- If you're planning a July 4th celebration, keep in mind you aren't the only one focused on the holiday. Law enforcement is getting prepared as well.

"We actually see higher numbers during the July fourth weekend because, I'm assuming because it's an all day event and New Years Eve is geared just toward the night time hours," said Mark Harrod with the Corpus Christ Police Department.

But that message isn't quite as strong as the one 34-year-old Charlie Taylor will share with anyone who will listen. He will spend the holiday in a nursing home.

"Having to deal with the nursing homes and being 34 in an 84-year-old environment," Taylor said, describing the worst part of what he's endured the last 4 years.

It's a nightmare he lives daily. November 1, 2010 is the day a drunk driver left him for dead, a day he'll never forget.

Police say that driver, Francisco Gonzalez, had a blood alcohol level that reached twice the legal limit.

A jury sent Gonzalez to prison for seven years. Taylor says he wouldn't think twice about trading spaces.

"I would love to be in jail compared to here, because this is a jail where you can't even bang on the bars," Taylor said.

Taylor says he'll never walk again, his career as an electrician is over and the chances of having his own family are slim to none.

So, while police will tell you it's not worth it. "If you decide to drink and drive this weekend, be ready to face the consequences," Harrod told us.

Take it from the victim from a drunk driver, whose life is forever changed. "The nightmare is when you wake up, this is the nightmare, you wake up and you realize, I only have one leg, damn," said Taylor.

Police will have extra officers on the road looking for drunk drivers. The Cameron County District Attorney's office is staffing phlebotomists for the evening and TABC is planning to perform sting operations for the 4th of July.

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