Wednesday, August 09, 2000

Lottery winner's a no-show for drunken-driving hearing

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BURLINGTON — The Tristate's $65 Million Man is wanted by the law.

        Mack Wayne Metcalf, the 42-year-old Florence man who won a $65.4 million Powerball jackpot, failed to show up in Boone County court Tuesday to face outstanding drunken-driving charges.

        Now there is warrant out for his arrest.

        Just 13 hours before his no-show, Mr. Metcalf was arrested and cited for public drunkenness outside a Florence sports bar.

        Jail authorities detained him then, but only for a few hours.

        His attorney told Boone County District Court Judge Charles Moore on Monday that he did not know where his client was. He asked for a continuance.

        Judge Moore instead issued a bench warrant, calling for Mr. Metcalf's immediate arrest. If Mr. Metcalf pays a $1,500 fee, he won't be detained.

        The hearing was supposed to involve charges of driving while under the influence, driving without a license and leaving the scene of an accident.

        Mr. Metcalf is accused of driving his black Nissan in the Florence Mall parking lot and hitting a parked car several times. His blood alcohol measured 0.265, more than twice the legal limit.

        Mr. Metcalf could not be located Tuesday for com ment. A woman claiming to be Mr. Metcalf's cousin did appear in court and held an informal press conference.

        “He is not hiding right now,” Paula Swim of Florence told reporters after the hearing. “He didn't know he had to appear.”

        Mr. Metcalf walked into Kentucky Lottery headquarters July 26 to collect $34.1 million, the lump-sum cash option of his winnings.

        But a judge has ordered Mr. Metcalf to pay $880,000 into a fund for support of a 15-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, to whom he owed $31,000 in unpaid child support.

        Kentucky Lottery officials did not return phone calls Monday requesting information on whether Mr. Metcalf has yet received any of his winnings.


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