Man accused of driving through Columbia church pleads guilty

Monday, October 31, 2011 | 5:44 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Scott Andrew Robinson appeared in court Monday to plead guilty to three of the four counts filed against him after he drove through the front of First Presbyterian Church in February.

Robinson, 22, was arrested after the accident at the church, which occurred when nearly 60 people were inside. No one was injured.

Robinson pleaded guilty to one count each of resisting a lawful stop, first-degree property damage and driving while intoxicated. Robinson maintained his innocence on one count of second-degree assault of a police officer.

Resisting a lawful stop and first-degree property damage are considered class D felony offenses; driving while intoxicated is considered a misdemeanor.

On Feb. 25 at about 10:45 p.m., Columbia police officer Patrick Corcoran tried to pull over Robinson at Hitt and Cherry streets on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Robinson reversed his vehicle into Corcoran’s patrol car before pulling forward and driving through the glass doors of the church. There was a youth retreat taking place at the time.

After being taken into custody, he was found to have had a blood alcohol content of 0.24, three times greater than the legal limit.

The state will recommend a sentence on Jan. 3. Robinson faces a maximum of four years in prison for each felony count and a maximum of six months in county jail for the misdemeanor count.

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