A drunk driver caught going 40 mph over the speed limit with his daughter in the car will serve a month in jail.
The man, Eduardo Ramirez Alamilla, 22, entered a guilty plea before General Sessions Judge Larry Ross to the charge of DUI. He was ordered to serve 48 hours of an 11-month, 29-day sentence and lose his driver license for one year. The remaining charges of criminal impersonation, child abuse and neglect, and driving on a suspended license were dropped as a result of his plea to the drunk driving charge.
His sentence comes after he was clocked by McMinnville policeman Justin Shrum speeding through a residential neighborhood.
“I saw a green Mazda van traveling 70 mph in a 30 mph zone,” Shrum recalled, saying the incident happened on Mullican Street, a residential two-lane street which links Caldwell Street to the bypass.
Shrum stopped the van near Korner Market and noticed the driver had a strong smell of alcohol and was unsteady enough where the officer did not administer a field sobriety test.
“Mr. Alamilla admitted that he had in fact consumed three beers,” Shrum said.
While most first-offense drunk driving convictions bring 48 hours in jail and a mandatory loss of driver license, his month in jail comes due to the fact a 10-year-old child was a passenger in the car at the time he was stopped for speeding and DUI.