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Skate park vandal heads to jail

McCoy gets 3 months for various charges

Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Kenai man who admitted to crashing his vehicle into the Soldotna Skateboard Park last spring was sentenced Friday to three months in jail and ordered to pay $1,790 in restitution for the damage he caused.

Rather than be tried on charges including third-degree criminal mischief and driving under the influence, Brian McCoy, 24, entered into a plea agreement in December.

Kenai Superior Court Judge Harold Brown revoked the suspended imposition of an earlier sentence McCoy faced for a burglary conviction, ordering he must now serve two months in jail. He was also ordered to serve 30 days in jail for eluding police in the skateboard park incident, and was sentenced to 90 days with 87 suspended for driving under the influence.

He began serving his sentence Friday. When released, he will be on probation for three years.

McCoy was arrested May 25, after he drove his 1997 Jeep Wrangler into the fence around the skateboard park, causing an estimated $3,000 to $4,000 in damage.

As police responded to a report of the incident, McCoy reportedly sped away.

Soldotna police officers and Alaska State Troopers converged on the area and McCoy eventually stopped in the parking lot of the King Salmon restaurant.

Police Officer Mark Berestoff got out of his police car, drew his gun and ordered the driver to shut off his vehicle. At the same time, he saw four males jump from the passenger side of the Jeep just as a state trooper sergeant arrived on scene.

The trooper took control of the four juvenile males and Berestoff handcuffed the driver, McCoy.

According to a police report, several bottles of vodka were seen inside the Jeep and McCoy performed poorly on field sobriety tests. A breath test showed his blood-alcohol level to be more than twice the legal limit.

McCoy was arrested for driving under the influence and failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer, and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

During further questioning, McCoy reportedly told police he bought vodka for the four juveniles, ages 14, 15, 16 and 17, and drove around with them while they drank it.

He was charged further with furnishing alcohol to persons under 21 and a probation violation.

After police received a report of vandalism at the skateboard park, they questioned the teens, who said McCoy had dropped off the four at the park and went to the Tesoro2Go gas station.

When he returned, he gunned the engine and ran into the fence at least two times. The youths ran to him and told him to stop. Then they all got in the vehicle with him and he backed up and intentionally drove into the fence again.

McCoy was charged additionally with third-degree criminal mischief.

On Friday, McCoy said, “I have a great deal of remorse for my actions.”

Phil Hermanek can be reached at phillip.hermanek@peninsulaclarion.com.



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