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Police: Man who crashed into bar was on home incarceration

Posted at 6:27 PM, Feb 23, 2017

DAYTON, Ky. -- The man who ran his car into a Dayton bar is facing charges of driving under the influence of drugs.

Daryl McKenzie, 34, crashed his car into Smitty's Sports Bar Wednesday evening, according to police.

McKenzie had previously been sentenced to 18 months in jail for possession of heroin, but was moved to home incarceration with an ankle bracelet after three months of jail time for good behavior.

Following the crash, police said McKenzie was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, reckless driving and five counts of wanton endangerment. He will no longer qualify to stay at home.

Expert says home incarceration can work

Dr. Mike Kalfas works with drug users and said he sees bad situations all the time.

"You and I would think … that the fear of repercussions would drive us away from wanting to do it, but someone in the throes of addiction, when the disease is running their life, their main fear is withdrawal," he said.

Kalfas said home incarceration can work, if it's done right. The best kind of treatment is a collaborative effort between the local government, doctors and law enforcement, according to Kalfas.

"They had to be in the appropriate mindset," he said. "They had to be in the right place in the recovery. They had to have services available."