CASS COUNTY — A Niles man will serve eight months probation for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and hitting a man and his 8-year-old daughter in January.
Randall Womble, 60, was found guilty of one count of operating while intoxicated by a six-person jury after just 15 minutes of deliberation, according to a release from the Cass County Prosecutor's Office.
According to the Cass County Sheriff's Department, Keith Peterson, 33, of Niles, was riding a snowmobile south on Bame Avenue on Jan. 25 when Womble pulled his vehicle out of his driveway.
The two vehicles collided, injuring Peterson and his daughter Emily. The Petersons were taken to Memorial Hospital in South Bend to be treated for their injuries.
Prosecutors said Womble went back into his house after the crash, leaving the Petersons in the roadway until nearby neighbors assisted them.
"It's bad enough that he hit these folks with his car," said Prosecuting Attorney Victor Fitz in the release. "It’s worse that he was drunk. And it’s inexcusable that an injured little girl and her father had to fend for themselves in the cold.”
The Petersons were taken to Memorial Hospital in South Bend to be treated for their injuries.
Womble was found to have a blood alcohol content of .09 percent two hours after the crash. He was sentenced by 4th District Court Judge Stacey Rentfrow to eight months probation.