ANDERSON – A contrite Assistant Anderson City Attorney Evan Broderick pleaded guilty Friday to charges of drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident. As part of a plea agreement, he will spend no time in jail.
Broderick, the son of Anderson Mayor Tom Broderick, entered pleas of guilty in Madison County Circuit Court Division 1 to a Class A misdemeanor charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and a Class B misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of an accident.
Broderick, 36, 1200 block of Winding Way, was arrested by Edgewood police the evening of Sept. 5 after the 2017 Jaguar SUV he was driving struck a utility pole and wall at Eighth Street and Raible Avenue, according to police. He then drove the damaged SUV a half mile to the Wendy’s restaurant parking lot at Nichol and Raible avenues, authorities said.
Broderick refused to take a breath test to measure his blood-alcohol content, and was subjected to a blood draw at a local hospital, according to the Edgewood Police probable cause affidavit. The results of that test have not yet been reported.
“I apologize for the situation that happened,” Broderick told Judge Angela Warner-Sims on Friday.
Through the terms of the plea agreement, Broderick was sentenced to 12 months in the Madison County Detention Center on the Class A misdemeanor charge and six months on the Class B misdemeanor.
The sentences will be served concurrently, with Broderick placed on 12 months of formal probation. He will be required to perform 20 hours of community service and write letters of apology to Edgewood police officer Andrew Ellingwood and jail correctional officers.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Broderick had threatened on the night of his arrest to sue police and correctional officers.
He will also be required to have his car outfitted with an alcohol monitor for a year. The monitor prevents a vehicle from starting if it detects alcohol on a person’s breath.
Broderick’s driver’s license was suspended, and he will be required to attend the Parents Against Impaired Driving seminar.
Defense attorney Bryan Williams said Broderick checked into a substance-abuse treatment center for several days and will continue to have treatment.
This article will be updated.