A father who stumbled over his stepdaughter and fell into the side of a police car in his own driveway while being questioned for suspicion of drunk driving has been ordered to serve 25 days behind bars.
The father, William Tyler Smith, 29, entered guilty pleas before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to charges of attempted child endangerment and violation of probation. He was directed to serve 25 days of a six-month sentence on the charges.
McMinnville policeman Justin Colwell said he pulled into Smith’s driveway because his silver car fit the description of a vehicle that had just been reported for reckless driving in the area.
“When he pulled into the driveway I observed a 3-year-old female sitting in the backseat of the vehicle,” Colwell reported. “I also observed Mr. Smith staggering in his front yard as he was walking up to his door.”
The policeman said once he began talking to Smith he smelled alcohol on his person.
“Mr. Smith suddenly fell into the side of my patrol vehicle,” the officer recalled of the suspect’s degree of intoxication. “I asked him if he had drank anything and he said he had a 24-ounce beer.”
Smith subsequently failed field sobriety tests and continued stumbling in front of the officer.
“At one point he actually tripped over his stepdaughter,” the lawman said, noting Smith asked him at one point if he would be in trouble if the blood test he had submitted to revealed the presence of THC (marijuana) or valium in his system.