Michigan prosecutor accused of drunk driving after crashing into a fence


CENTREVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A county prosecutor in southwestern Michigan who is accused of drunken driving told police that he crashed into a fence after a “coughing fit,” according to a 911 call.

The incident involving St. Joseph County prosecutor John McDonough occurred Monday in Lockport Township.

“Hey, this is John McDonough. I had a coughing fit and went off of Lovers Lane and ran over a fence,” McDonough said on the recorded call, which was released Friday.

He called back after initially asking for a tow truck.

“I got out of there. I was able to talk to the homeowner. I think everything is all right,” McDonough said.

The dispatcher said an officer was headed to the scene.

“OK,” McDonough replied.

McDonough, who faces re-election this year, hasn’t talked publicly about the crash. He has a court hearing next Thursday.

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