Student sentenced in drunk driving spree
Only 20 at the time, he crashed his full-size Ford pickup into two other motor vehicles and a utility trailer in a neighborhood near campus. He also slammed into a 40-foot power pole, carved ruts in lawns and knocked over mailboxes.
“He was ping-ponging off of vehicles,” Carter said. “He caused massive property damage.
“People could have been killed. This affected everyone in the neighborhood. He put people at risk.”
Charged with 10 Class A misdemeanors in all, Forman pleaded guilty to two counts each of recklessly endangering another person and hit-and-run, and one count each of second-degree criminal mischief and driving under the influence of intoxicants.
In exchange, three counts of hit-and-run, one count of reckless driving and a citation for being a minor in possession of alcohol were dismissed.
On the second-degree criminal mischief charge, Judge John Collins sentenced Forman to 96 hours in jail, to be served later this month. Collins also sentenced him to two years of bench probation, suspended his license for 90 days and ordered him to complete a safe driving class.
Because this was Forman’s first DUII, he’s eligible for a one-year diversion program on that charge. If he complies with all terms, he will avoid having the conviction on his record.
Sentencing on the other charges, two counts each of reckless endangering and hit and run, was deferred. Collins agreed to dismiss those counts if Forman successfully completes terms of his probation and the deferred sentence agreement, which includes participating in a comprehensive alcohol treatment program, paying thousands of dollars in restitution to multiple victims and completing 200 hours of community service work.
District Attorney Brad Berry called the disposition “a bit unusual.” However, he said it holds Forman accountable for a night of “dangerous and foolish actions,” takes into account lack of any prior record and makes his victims whole.
Capt. Matt Scales of the McMinnville police gave this account of the incident:
Forman and two fellow students, both males of legal age, left campus and headed to the Old Oak, located at 326 N.E. Davis St. Forman used fake identification to gain entry.
Afterward, the three returned to the campus area, with Forman at the wheel. Along the way, he knocked down a McMinnville Water & Light pole on Morgan Lane, near its intersection with Davis Street, cutting power to the area for several hours.
He went on to crash into a Volkswagen Jetta and slam into a utility trailer, pushing it into a van. Police said he also knocked over a series of mailboxes and ripped through several front yards, before arriving back at his home on Southeast Queenborough Street.
His two passengers had left by the time police located Forman and his pickup, but agreed to cooperate when contact was made.
Forman’s blood alcohol content measured .25, more than three times the presumed level of intoxication in Oregon. Carter said his two companions were highly intoxicated, too. They did not have a clear recollection of all that happened.
“This was an aberration,” Myers said. “He has accepted the consequences for his actions. Within 10 days of his arrest, he entered into an alcohol treatment program and facilitated the repair of some of the damage he caused.”
He said many acquaintances of Forman’s wrote letters of support on his behalf that were submitted to the court.
Only one victim attended the hearing. She did not speak, but Carter read a statement on her behalf. She said all the victims have ongoing issues to deal with.
Forman, accompanied to court by his parents, turned to the victim, at Collins’ request, and said he was sorry for making such a huge mistake.
“You have taken more responsibility than I have seen others take in other cases,” Collins said.
Forman is a graduate of Beaverton’s Westview High School, where he lettered three years in football. His senior year, he earned first-team all-Metro League and honorable mention all-state honors as a quarterback.
He earned a starting role for the Wildcats his sophomore and junior years as a safety. He was suspended from the team following the incident and remains suspended, according to a Linfield spokesperson.