LAKE FOREST, Calif. – A 22-year-old driver was in jail on Friday (Oct. 9, 2015) after allegedly going on a BB gun-shooting rampage and breaking the windows of several cars while drunk driving, the Orange County Register reported.
E. McCollam, 22, a South County resident, was driving a red Volkswagen Jetta while under the influence at around 10:45 p.m. on Firday evening. During that time, authorities suspect that he aimed a BB gun outside of his car window and shot up to 10 vehicle windows in Lake Forest and Trabuco Canyon.
One of the targets belonged to the girlfriend of a Trabuco Canyon man. The man called the police after he heard a window shatter from his girlfriend’s red Honda Civic, which was parked in his driveway in the 19300 block of Sleeping Oak Drive.
Against California Highway Patrol’s advice, the man followed McCollam in a white Chevrolet pick-up-truck with his father and brother as passengers, according to CHP Officer Ray Scheidness.
Scheidness said that the man who called in refused to stop following the suspect, however, the man did stay on the phone with officials throughout the three-mile pursuit.
McCollam was seen letting a passenger out on Trabuco Canyon Road before turning off his headlights. Shortly afterward, he crashed the Jetta into a ditch near Modjeska Canyon Road.
According to Scheidness, the driver shouted at McCollam, ordering him to get on the ground; he also told California Highway Patrol that McCollam may be intoxicated.
McCollam placed a pocket knife on top of his vehicle, and no BB gun was found inside his car.
The suspect failed a field sobriety test and shortly after midnight he was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Hallock said that Orange County Sheriff’s Department officials found other broken windows in the Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills sections of Lake Forest, which investigators linked to McCollam.
During an interview, McCollam admitted to shooting at the cars and told investigators that he does stupid things when he’s been drinking.
McCollam wasn’t willing to rat out the passenger who was in the car with him at the time the crimes were committed, so that person’s identity remains unknown.
McCollam was booked into Orange County jail on suspicion of felony vandalism and DUI. He was scheduled to appear on Oct. 13, according to jail records.
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