In the video, the driver Sidney Mecham can be heard honking his horn aggressively and screaming, “They got it all blocked off! The Lloyd Center exit! The Convention Center exit! Every motherfucking exit! You bum motherfuckers! Fuck you! Fuck you! Fuck you! Fuck you!” Clearly in a bad mood, Mecham is then shown driving through traffic cones, up onto the shoulder to get around barricades, coming close to hitting a truck and then nearly hitting a number of people who were just there to watch the parade.
Thankfully an officer pulled Mecham over and arrested him before he managed to hit anyone. At the time, he was charged with “nearly 40 criminal charges, including multiple counts of reckless driving and hit-and-run property damage, as well as about two dozen traffic violations.” He is currently still in jail after a judge denied his bail back in August.
Last June, a driver in Portland drove his truck through a parade route, sending attendees running for safety. Now new dashcam footage from inside the truck has been released, showing the driver completely losing his temper over closed exits along the parade route reports OregonLive.
Following his arrest, it came out that Mecham is a registered sex offender and had a previous conviction for driving on a suspended license. Back in 1999, he was convicted of attempted first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy. Because he was 15 at the time of the crime, he only served three years in prison. Following his release, he routinely violated the terms of his probation and was sent back to jail for an additional three years and two months. His second conviction came in 2016 when he was sentenced to two years and four months in prison for sexually abusing an underage boy, as well as giving him weed and alcohol.
Dash cam video shows man driving through Portland parade
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