KINGMAN — A Bullhead City man who was impaired when he crashed his vehicle through the glass front doors of a convenience market and injured a patron has entered a plea agreement that could send him to prison.

Alexander Andrew Molinari, 70, pleaded guilty to a drunk driving-related charge, aggravated assault and criminal damage for the incident at the Beyond River Mart off Highway 95 last August.

Prosecutor James Schoppmann said Molinari’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit for driving when his pickup truck struck the store entrance and a 55-year-old woman who was injured.

“It caused the victim to fly in the air,” Schoppman said, noting the woman suffered three broken bones in her lower back. “It is something that will likely impact her for life.”

Molinari told the court that he had never been in any type of legal trouble prior to the incident. He also expressed concern that the victim may have had a pre-existing injury and claimed she was hurt in the store crash.

While Molinari questioned some facts of his case, he accepted his guilt for driving while intoxicated.

“I got behind the wheel. There’s no denying that,” he said. “Insurance paid for everything. Everyone’s happy.”

Mohave County Superior Court Judge Derek Carlisle deferred acceptance of the deal. He said he will make his decision after hearing more about the victim’s injuries and restitution issues during a July 12 sentencing hearing. 

Terms of the deal afford Carlisle broad range in determining proper punishment. Molinari is eligible for probation but he also could be sent to prison for up to 11 1/4 years.

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