Driver in deadly 2015 DUI crash in PCB gets 20 years in prison

Investigators say Brian Helms, 34, of Panama City Beach, was going more than 100 miles per hour and accelerating when he collided with a delivery truck at the corner of Alf Coleman Road and Middle Beach Road in Panama City Beach on September 3, 2015. The wreck killed his passenger, Tiffany Quimby and seriously injured the two men in the delivery truck.

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - 104-109 miles per hour...and accelerating.

That's how fast the Florida Highway Patrol says Brian Helms was going when he got into a wreck in Panama City Beach that killed one person and injured two others.

Helms, now 34, pleaded no contest Thursday to a charges of DUI manslaughter, two charges of DUI manslaughter with serious bodily injury, tampering with court ordered electronic monitoring equipment, and grand theft. He was sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison.

Helms had a blood alcohol level of .125 according to investigators when he got into the wreck at Alf Coleman and Middle Beach Road on Sept 3, 2015.
The car helms was driving ran a red light and hit a delivery truck with two men inside.

Helms' car traveled another 374 feet, which is longer than a football field, before stopping on the south side of Middle Beach Road east of the intersection with Alf Coleman. The crash killed Helms' passenger, Tiffany Quimby. The two men in the delivery truck suffered serious injuries as well.

At the time of the wreck, Helms also had Nordiazepam, Alprazolam and Morphine in his system. He was also being investigated for grand theft from Wal-Mart in Panama City Beach. Warrants for Helms’ arrest were issued two days after the crash.