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ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — The man responsible for sending four teenagers to a hospital with severe injuries after a high-speed collision was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Thursday.

Frederick Veloz, 33, was intoxicated when he reached speeds up to 80 mph while fleeing from police on July 26, the Adams County District Attorney’s Office said.

Veloz was speeding the wrong way down Washington Avenue near 120th Avenue in Thornton when he slammed into a Chevrolet Impala carrying four teens.

Veloz got out of his car and ran before being arrested by officers from the Thornton Police Department.

At the sentencing hearing, chief district attorney Brian Mason described Veloz as “literally every parent’s worst nightmare.”

Mason said Veloz was “high on meth, drunk on alcohol and behind the wheel of his black truck, a blazing out-of-control weapon of death.”

The teens in the car Veloz struck suffered injuries ranging from a broken jaw and femur to a skull fracture and brain hemorrhage.

“It is a miracle that those teenagers survived. The defendant is lucky that he is not being sentenced today for quadruple vehicular homicide,” Mason said

Veloz pleaded guilty to 18 charges.

“What you did was the equivalent of a drive-by shooting with a 3,000 pound bullet,” Adams County District Judge Ted Tow said. “I can’t overstate the devastation you rained on these four families.”