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Prosecutors: Drunk dump truck driver careens through Tacoma church fence on dare

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Feb. 26, 2013 at 8:52 am with No Comments »
February 26, 2013 8:52 am

It started as a dare, but things got a bit out of control once drugs and alcohol entered the mix.

A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy was patrolling Nov. 17 when he spotted a commercial dump truck driving down 96th Street South with 130 feet of chain link fence wrapped around the cab and wheel well area.

He pulled the dump truck over and noticed the 43-year-old driver appeared severely intoxicated.

The man admitted to having a few beers but refused to take sobriety tests. The deputy said he saw several empty 22oz cans of alcoholic energy drink Four Loko and a bottle of Dog Bite High Gravity Liquor on the floorboard.

When the deputy ran the driver’s license, he saw the man’s license was suspended. He was arrested and taken to jail.

While being treated for injuries in the emergency room, the driver allegedly blamed crack cocaine and alcohol for the night’s events, saying “I can’t stop screwing up.”

Earlier in the night, the man allegedly drove the dump truck through a chain link fence at Tacoma First Baptist Church, breaking off his side mirror, which was found at the scene.

The man is also accused of damaging the church’s soccer field. Damages are estimated at about $4,800.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged him with driving under the influence, second-degree malicious mischief and driving on a suspended license. He has not yet been arraigned.

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