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The cannon, displayed on a traffic island in Salem, was damaged but repositioned shortly after the crash.

The driver who barreled into a World War I memorial exhibit in Salem was sentenced Friday to serve 20 days in jail.

Skylan Miller Chambers, 26, pleaded no contest in Salem General District Court to driving under the influence.

Chambers was arrested in September after crashing his car into the World War I artillery piece that stands at the corner of College Avenue and Roanoke Boulevard.

The cannon, a captured German 77 mm field gun, has been displayed in Salem as a war memorial since 1926. September’s collision marked the second time in three years that it had been struck by an errant vehicle.

Parts of the cannon were bent or torn in the latest crash. As part of his sentence, Chambers must pay restitution to the city for the needed repairs.

Per the terms of an agreement Friday, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with all but 20 days suspended.

His license will be restricted and an ignition interlock will be installed in his car, according to online court records.

He’ll also pay a total of $626 in fines and court costs on the dual convictions of driving under the influence and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

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