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Wedding crasher given probation
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A man who plunged his car over an embankment, taking his four passengers with him after a wedding reception, has been granted probation.The wedding "crasher", Clinton L. Smith, was granted an 11-month, 29-day judicial diversion by General Sessions Judge Bill Locke and was directed to pay $350 plus court costs. He was granted a judicial diversion meaning his criminal record will be erased once his probation is complete.His sentence comes following a late-night crash on Beach Road at Rock Island State Park as he and friends were returning home from a wedding reception.“He was driving the vehicle on the 25 mph road in a reckless manner,” said Highway Patrolman Gary Myers who investigated the wreck, noting the suspect lost control of his Toyota Four Runner. “He traveled across the westbound lane and collided with a small tree.”The small SUV then careened down a ravine, coming to rest at the bottom.