A repeat drunk driver who nearly slammed head-on into another vehicle faces reckless endangerment charges.
The suspected drunk driver, Irving Houston Green Sr., 68, faces charges of third-offense DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and two counts of reckless endangerment. He will face hearing before General Sessions Judge Larry Ross on July 14.
His charges come after he allegedly sideswiped an oncoming vehicle as they were crossing a bridge on Highway 55. The vehicle which was almost hit head-on contained three occupants who described the vehicle which struck them. The vehicle in question was soon spotted traveling eastbound on Highway 55 in the westbound lanes, meaning he was on the wrong side of the four-lane highway.
Green reportedly refused to stop, narrowly missing another crash – this time with deputies. When officers were able to stop the suspect they found his driver’s side mirror was hanging, evidence his vehicle was involved in the hit-and-run.
“When he was stopped, Mr. Green was found with a cigarette in his mouth and one burning in his lap,” recalled McMinnville police officer Bobby Hammond, noting he smelled of alcohol and had trouble standing.
A check of his record revealed he has two prior drunk driving convictions, leading to his being charged with third-offense DUI.