A lengthy prison term has been ordered for the man responsible for the spectacular crash that turned a Kingman automobile dealership lot into a “war zone” in May, 2014.
Monta Evans, 47, was sentenced May 27 by Mohave County Superior Court Judge Lee Jantzen.
Evans was driving an estimated 75 miles per hour or more when he ran his Dodge pickup truck into the back of a compact car early one morning on Stockton Hill Road near Kino Avenue. Evan’s truck vaulted an elevated ramp where vehicles are displayed at the dealership, smashing up a number of vehicles as it crashed through the lot.
Vehicle damage totaled about $400,000. The man in the other vehicle was seriously injured and Evans was also taken to the hospital.
Prosecutor Doug Camacho said Evans’ blood alcohol content was more than three times the legal limit for driving. He said Evans had at least six previous drunk driving convictions.
Judge Jantzen said Evans should have quit drinking and driving long ago.
You’ve had this opportunity over and over and over again to have this wake up call,” Jantzen told Evans. “You’ve had your opportunity to change your lifestyle and make better decisions. I don’t think you can follow the laws of society and not drink and drive.”
Jantzen imposed an 18 1/2-year prison sentence for aggravated assault, criminal damage and drunk driving convictions reached through a plea agreement.