Police: Drunk driver in wreck had DUI 6 days earlier

Just six days after a state trooper arrested Charles Edward McGinn Jr. on the suspicion of drunk driving, the 25-year-old man was drunk yet again when he crashed his pickup at the Maynard Street interchange of Interstate 180, according to court records filed at the office of District Judge James Carn.

McGinn, of 2345 Linn St. was heading eastbound on the interstate when his pickup truck went off the highway and crashed below onto Maynard Street about 4:30 a.m. on May 16, city Patrolman Mark Lindauer said in an affidavit.

“McGinn was standing next to his truck, bleeding from his face when I arrived on the scene. The truck was half on the sidewalk and half in the northbound lane (of Maynard Street),” Lindauer said.

“When talking with him, I could detect a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath. His speech was extremely slurred and he was unsteady on his feet,” Lindauer said of the driver.

McGinn initially said he was cut off by traffic, but then changed his story, claiming someone struck his vehicle in the rear, Lindauer said. The officer inspected the vehicle, but there appeared to be no damage to the rear. McGinn changed his story yet again, saying that a motorist struck his vehicle on the right side, but again Lindauer saw no such damage to the truck on the passenger side.

McGinn was taken to the county’s DUI Center, where his blood was drawn. His blood-alcohol content level that night was .22, Lindauer said.

Just days before the crash, McGinn was stopped by state Trooper Travis Pena after McGinn ran a stop sign as he turned from Maynard Street west onto Fourth Street about 1:20 a.m. on May 10.

“I detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from him. His eyes were glassy and bloodshot. His speech was slurred,” Pena said of McGinn in an affidavit. McGinn was driving the very truck he would wreck by week’s end.

McGinn refused to take a preliminary breathing test and also refused a blood test, Pena said. Charged with two counts of driving under the influence of intoxicants, McGinn has been sent a summons to appear for two preliminary hearings next week before Carn.