By Patti Weaver

 

  (Stillwater, Okla.) — A teenager has been given three concurrent 20-year prison terms for driving the wrong way on Highway 51 in excess of 150 mph that caused the deaths of two passengers and greatly injured another driver in a head-on collision at 4:15 am on Oct. 15, 2022, in Stillwater.
    Luke Christopher House, now 19, of Owasso, had pleaded guilty last week to two counts of second-degree murder and one count of causing great bodily injury by driving under the influence of a combination of alcohol and another intoxicating substance, court records show.
    House was sentenced in accordance with an agreement with the prosecution that was approved in court on Dec. 4 by Payne County Associate District Judge Michael Kulling. After House has completed his prison term, he will be on probation for 20 years, the judge ordered.
    House was 18 when he was arrested on Oct. 20, 2022, at his Owasso residence by the Rogers County Sheriff’s Office and released from their jail the next day on $100,000 bail. House had been free until his Dec. 4 sentencing when he was taken into custody by the Payne County Sheriff’s Office to begin serving his prison term.
    “House was the driver of a white Ford Mustang and was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of State Highway 51 (6th Avenue) towards Country Club Road,” with an 18-year-old passenger, Ryan Paul Begnaud of Austin, Texas, who was pronounced deceased at the scene, Stillwater Police Lt. Terry J. Low said in a news release.
    “The driver of a red Chevy Impala, Virginia Louise Winston, was traveling westbound in the outside westbound lane of SH 51 (6th Avenue),” with a 40-year-old passenger, Jeremi Daniel Smith of Oklahoma City, who was pronounced deceased at the scene, the news release said.
    “The Ford Mustang struck the Chevy Impala head on, and the Ford Mustang continued traveling eastbound and debris from the Mustang struck an occupied parked vehicle in the parking lot at OnCue and several unoccupied vehicles in an adjacent dealership parking lot,” the news release said.
    “House was flown from the scene to Saint Francis and was released on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. Virginia Winston was transported to Stillwater Medical Center by LifeNet and then flown to OU Medical Center,” the news release said.
    Vehicle data showed that House was driving in excess of 150 mph, an arrest warrant affidavit by Low said.
Toxicology conducted by trained medical professionals revealed that House was under the influence of alcohol, the affidavit said.