The legal process related to DUI, hit and run, and assault charges brought against Caffe Vita and Via Tribunali owner Mike McConnell after this March 2010 incident at Broadway and James has played out. According to the City Attorney’s office, McConnell pleaded guilty to an amended charge of reckless driving last Thursday and the other charges against him have been dropped.
According to a police report on the March 31, 2010 incident, a man told police he was sitting in his car waiting for the light at James St and Broadway just after 6:00 PM when a black Mercedes crashed into him from behind. The man told police McConnell punched him in the chest before leaving the scene. McConnell gave his side of the story to the Seattle Weekly once the charges became public saying that the man’s allegations were false, that there had been no damage to the vehicles and that the man had tried to extort $1,500 from McConnell to keep the police out of the situation.
During last week’s court proceedings, McConnell was sentenced to a year in jail for the reckless driving charge but all but two days of the sentence were suspended. He’ll spend a day with a work crew and perform 8 hours of community service to serve those days. He also faces $771 in fines and two years of probation.