A Tacoma man was arraigned Monday for allegedly hitting a 4-year-old girl with his car while he was on methamphetamine and recovering from a mixed-drink bender.
Richard William Myers, 48, faces a charge of vehicular assault in Pierce County Superior Court for the June 21 incident. Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set his bail at $75,000.
A bench warrant was issued for his arrest Sept. 30.
According to court documents:
The girl was running across the street about 2:30 p.m. as she followed siblings from their car to a friend’s house in the 1600 block of East 60th Street.
Myers drove down the street at between 30 and 45 mph and hit the girl.
She suffered a concussion, bruising and other injuries, and spent two days in Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma.
Myers stayed at the scene, where officers detected a strong smell of alcohol coming from him. He told police he had been drinking Long Island iced teas at a local casino until 6 a.m.
He said he was “extremely drunk” then, but now was only hung over.
He registered a 0.078 blood-alcohol level — just below the 0.08 legal limit — on a Breathalizer test, but didn’t pass other parts of the field sobriety test.
A blood draw found he had a 0.049 blood-alcohol level, and detected methamphetamine and cocaine in his system.