A drunk driver who slammed into a parked car at Northgate Center will serve six days behind bars.
The drunk driver, Zachary M. McBride, 21, of Morrison, entered guilty pleas before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to charges of illegal use of inhalants, reckless endangerment, and DUI. He was given 48 hours on each of the counts which are to run consecutively to one another. He will further be required to perform 24 hours public service work, attend DUI Class, pay $350 plus court costs and lose his driver license for one year. He has been allowed to make the plea under a judicial diversion, meaning his record will be erased if he successfully completes his year on probation after release from jail. Drunk driving is not covered under judicial diversion.
His charges come after he was driving recklessly at Northgate Center. McMinnville police officer Richard Teachout arrived at the scene of destruction and found McBride under the influence.
“He hit a parked car head-on and knocked it backward 30 to 40 feet,” Teachout revealed, noting the incident happened in front of Save-A-Lot. “He then drove on and hit the store support post and another truck.”
Teachout said McBride tried to drive away and leave the scene, but his engine died. The officer said that was a good thing since McBride was in no condition to drive.
“He had slower, slurred speech and body tremors,” Teachout recalled. “He admitted to huffing canned air and taking several prescriptions earlier in the evening.”