A repeat drunk driver faces vehicular assault charges after he struck a pole while allegedly driving drunk, leaving his passenger seriously injured.
The suspect, Richard A. Borum Jr., 67, is charged with vehicular assault, reckless endangerment, fourth-offense DUI, and second-offense driving on a revoked license. He will face preliminary hearing March 15 before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke.
His charges come for a wreck which happened just before Christmas on Francis Ferry Road. According to highway patrolman Gary Myers, Borum was driving his 1990 Cadillac when he lost control of the vehicle causing it run up the northbound shoulder of the road.
“The vehicle traveled down a ditchline a short distance and then collided with a utility pole,” trooper Myers recalled in his warrant against Borum. “The pole was torn down and the impact caused the vehicle to overturn and come to rest on the roadway on its top.”
Myers said Borum had just picked up passenger Terry Ready prior to the wreck. The crash left Ready with broken bones and he had to be airlifted for treatment. The trooper said he arrested Borum after he was treated for his injuries.
“Mr. Borum had consumed alcohol and medication to the point he was very impaired,” Myers noted, adding Borum has three prior drunk driving convictions.