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‘Because I’m drunk!’
Suspect reportedly blames behavior on alcohol
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Law enforcement officials examine a car that fled from an officer Tuesday after it was believed to be involved in a hit and run on Bridge Street. The driver exited the car and was reportedly aggressive toward a Sheriff’s Department deputy. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

A Florida man may have gotten a bit too much sunshine. He’s been accused of allegedly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and pulling a pretend gun to shoot at local law enforcement.

Asked why he did it, the suspect reportedly said, “Because I’m drunk!”

Bobbie Phillips, 47, is being charged by McMinnville Police Department for leaving the scene of an accident. Warren County Sheriff’s Department is charging him with assault on an officer and driving under the influence.

“The situation started on Bridge Street,” said McMinnville police officer Andy Aguilar. “I responded to a call of a hit-and-run. Bonnie Cochran reported being sideswiped and forced off the road. She gave a description of the vehicle which had left the scene. She reported it had turned onto Beersheba Street and was heading inbound.”

Patrolling that area was Warren County deputy Calvin Hammond.

“Deputy Hammond saw a vehicle matching the description given and initiated a traffic stop,” said Aguilar. “The vehicle, a white Mercury Cougar, stopped at the intersection of Beersheba and East Main. Mr. Phillips stepped out of his vehicle and pointed in the direction of deputy Hammond. He verbalized, ‘bang, bang, bang, bang’ as he advanced on deputy Hammond.” 

There was a brief physical altercation between the deputy and the suspect.

“Mr. Phillips grabbed at deputy Hammond and began to struggle,” said Aguilar. “Mr. Phillips was then taken to the ground and placed in handcuffs.”

Aguilar says Phillips was questioned about signs of impairment, including an odor of alcohol, slurred speech and glossy eyes, and Phillips exclaimed, “Because I’m drunk!”

Cochran was reportedly uninjured in the two-vehicle crash involving her Nissan Sentra. That collision occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m.