By David Knopf/Richmond News
Ignoring the advice of his attorney, a 19-year-old Hardin man pleaded guilty last week to three charges stemming from a collision with the front of Hardin City Hall.
Doss agreed to a plea offer that could include jail time on two misdemeanor charges, driving while intoxicated and careless and imprudent driving, and probation on a more serious D Felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident.
After listening to Doss answer questions under oath, Judge David Miller said he would accept the guilty pleas. Miller set a sentencing hearing for 9 a.m. April 3.
Doss drove his grandfather’s vehicle into the city hall building just before 10 p.m. on Nov. 7, 2011. He was arrested at his home shortly thereafter.
Doss damaged a pop machine in front of the building, damaged the awning and poles that support it. Hardin Police Chief Ted Kuhlman was inside the building doing paperwork when the crash occurred but wasn’t injured.
“If it weren’t for the pop machine, he would have gone through the door,” Kuhlman said at the time.