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YCSO: Man crashes motor home into church, admits to drinking prior

Posted: 1:21 PM, Aug 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-13 22:04:05-04
YCSO: Man admits to crashing into church
YCSO: Man admits to crashing into church

Authorities say a man has admitted to drinking six beers and then crashing a motor home into the side of a church over the weekend in Cordes Lakes.

Deputies responded around noon Sunday to the 20000 block of Club Lane after a 911 caller said they heard a crash during the church service.

Investigators say the driver, identified as 58-year-old Stephen Merrigan, had hit a vehicle parked in the church lot and then crashed into the church building.

Deputies say Merrigan admitted to drinking a six-pack of beer about an hour before getting into and driving the motor home that day.

A release from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office says Merrigan showed signs of impairment and a blood test is pending.

He has been booked into the Camp Verde jail on a charge of DUI and remains in custody, YCSO said.