WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - A Wichita man was sentenced Tuesday afternoon for driving his SUV into several vehicles, three people and Club Rodeo at the nightclub last summer.

On August 11, 2022, Sedgwick County Sheriff deputies were called to Club Rodeo at 3426 E. MacArthur Road to the report of an injury accident and building collapse. Deputies arrived and said a silver Yukon Denali drove through the parking lot and struck multiple vehicles and the building. A club bouncer was dragged by the driver after attempting to stop the situation. He was taken to a hospital with a foot injury. 

Witnesses say Beard backed the large SUV into the Club Rodeo building two or three times, damaging the metal façade, the front sliding glass door and a pillar holding up a portion of the roof. On the way out of the parking lot, Beard’s vehicle struck four unoccupied vehicles. Beard was later arrested after he abandoned his vehicle on MacArthur, the district attorney said.

Damages were estimated to be in excess of $75,000.

The Sedgwick County District Attorney said in a release Wednesday that 43-year-old Jason Beard was sentenced to 24 months of probation with an underlying sentence of 20 months in prison for the incident.

Beard has also been ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution to the nightclub, $1,330 to an individual whose car was damaged and $500 each to two other car owners.

He plead guilty to aggravated battery, five counts of criminal damage to property and three counts of misdemeanor assault on March 23. 

During sentencing Tuesday afternoon, Judge Brown ordered Beard to go to Alcoholics Anonymous three times a week for 90 days.