WKU swimmer arrested for DUI; passenger sent away on stretcher

The driver of a car that crashed at the 1500 block of Chestnut Street on Thursday night is apprehended by police.

Jonathan Lintner

Bowling Green Police arrested a senior on the WKU swimming and diving team Thursday night for driving under the influence after his sedan was involved in a single-car accident that sent the car’s passenger away on a stretcher.

David Menchinger, a 22-year-old from Fayetteville, Ga., was released from the Warren County Jail Friday morning on an $800 bond, according to the jail’s website. Menchinger has a June 1 court date.

Detective Tim Wilson of the Bowling Green Police Department said Menchinger lost control of his 2001 Honda Accord and traveled through the front yard of 1534 Chestnut Street. The car struck a concrete wall on the passenger side while traveling north.

Menchinger failed a sobriety test after officers detected a scent of alcohol on him, Wilson said, then arrested him in front of a small crowd of witnesses.

The incident was reported to police at 10:18 p.m.

Erica Wilson, the car’s passenger, was lifted onto a stretcher at the scene with her face bleeding. Tim Wilson described Erica Wilson’s injuries as minor and didn’t know where she had been transported or what her condition was as of Friday morning.

Tim Wilson couldn’t confirm whether Erica Wilson is a WKU student, but three entries match her name in the university’s directory.

Menchinger was part of WKU’s 200-meter freestyle relay team that took first place with a record-setting time at the Sun Belt Conference Swimming and Diving Championships in February.

He was also named WKU’s Most Improved Swimmer at the end of his junior season.

WKU’s athletic department declined to issue a statement about Menchinger.

Although Menchinger is listed as a senior, he wasn’t among the 49 student-athletes the athletic department announced will graduate this weekend.