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Pennington sentenced
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A drunk driver who crashed into a pole injuring his friend and blacking out the south side of town will serve a month in jail.The driver, Michael Wayne Pennington, 27, entered guilty pleas before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to charges of reckless endangerment and DUI. He was originally charged with the felony crime of vehicular assault. That charge was reduced to the misdemeanor endangerment count as terms of his plea bargain.He will be required to serve 30 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence, pay $350 plus costs, attend DUI class, perform 24 hours public service work and lose his driver license for one year on the two counts.His sentence comes after he slammed his Honda Civic into a utility pole near the intersection of Higgenbottom and Leesburg Road. The wreck happened during the pre-dawn hours a couple of weeks ago.