WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — The Wyoming city worker who crashed a city pickup truck into a fence pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges on Wednesday.
Theodore Dekam, 59, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene and for possession of drug paraphernalia. He told the judge he wanted to plead guilty but stressed the bong, which is used to smoke marijuana, wasn’t his and he didn’t know it was in the truck.
Judge Pablo Cortes questioned him saying he could not plead guilty to an offense he says he didn’t commit.
But Dekam told the judge he just wanted to get it over with and then admitted he did know it was in the truck and it was his.
Dekam did submit hospital records claiming he was substance free at the time of the crash. The judge also asked him to take another drug test.
Witnesses told 24 Hour News 8 they smelled marijuana in the truck and saw a bong when they stopped to see if Dekam was okay following the Wyoming crash on April 20.
But Dekam’s wife Cindy told 24 Hour News 8 her husband was sick and had been running a fever along with a bad ear infection.
Dekam was fined nearly $1,000, ordered to serve community service and will be on probation.
Dekam had already retired from his job following the crash to avoid being let go after being charged with the misdemeanors.