Man faces prison for driving drunk, damaging BAFB property

Man faces prison for driving drunk, damaging BAFB property
Traffic passes through Barksdale Air Force Base's North Gate. (Source: Senior Airman Jannelle Dickey/U.S. Air Force)
A member of the 2nd Security Forces Squadron's elite gate guard sets up bollards one of Barksdale Air Force Base's gates. (Source: Senior Airman Sean Martin/U.S. Air Force file photo)
A member of the 2nd Security Forces Squadron's elite gate guard sets up bollards one of Barksdale Air Force Base's gates. (Source: Senior Airman Sean Martin/U.S. Air Force file photo)

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - A Shreveport man faces up to 10 years in prison for driving his vehicle into a steel bollard in the secured area at Barksdale Air Force Base's North Gate.

Michael Taylor Phillips continued onto the base then came to a stop at the U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command headquarters building and ran into a residential area on base, the U.S. attorney's office reports.

The 26-year-old pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Shreveport to one count each of second-offense driving while intoxicated, damage to federal property and resisting arrest.

He is scheduled to be back in court Nov. 29 to be sentenced.

In addition to the jail time, Phillips also could be fined $250,000 and ordered to make restitution for the damage and, once released from prison, serve at least three years on federal supervised release.

He will be at least the third person sentenced this year for driving a vehicle into posts guarding a gate at the base.

In April, a Bossier City man was sentenced to a year in prison for driving his girlfriend's GMC Yukon into Barksdale's West Gate.

And in late February, a federal judge ordered 56-year-old Bossier City resident Leandrew Smith to serve a dozen years in prison on a fourth-offense DWI conviction for destroying bollards at the base's West Gate. The posts caused his vehicle to become airborne before coming to a halt.

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