Drunk driver causes a stir
A drunk driver caused damage to several vehicles parked downtown last Friday night.
At approximately 11:43 p.m. on Oct. 19, the Mt. Pleasant Police were called to the 200 block of South Jefferson Street about a report of a white truck hitting multiple cars, causing damage. Officers were advised that the truck continued north after striking the cars. The truck was reported to have struck another car in the Philips Auto Clinic parking lot and still drove north across the intersection of Washington Street.
Officers arrived to find the white truck stopped near the west side of the street, just south of the Westside Bar. The truck did not collide with any further cars parked near the bar, which had patrons standing outside.
The truck was a white Ford F150 owned and allegedly operated by Rico Reyna of Mt. Pleasant. Reyna had minor injuries and was transported to Henry County Health Center for treatment. Reyna was released from the hospital.
According to the Mt. Pleasant Police news release, Reyna was determined to be intoxicated and was arrested. He was transported to jail and his vehicle was towed from the scene.
The collision investigation concluded that the white Ford was traveling north in the 200 block of South Jefferson Street. The truck then struck a 2002 Nissan Quest van in the rear. The van was legally parked. Damage to the van was estimated to be $5,000.
The white Ford truck continued on and struck a 2001 Ford Escape SUV in the rear end. Damage to that vehicle is estimated at $300. The Ford Escape was legally parked.
Continuing north, the Ford truck hit a 2011 Mitsubishi Carryall SUV in the rear end. The vehicle was legally parked. Damage to the Carryall was estimated at $6,000.
The Ford truck continued north and struck a parked 1995 Ford Thunderbird in the Philips Auto Clinic parking lot, hitting the car in the front driver side. Damage to the Thunderbird was estimated at $3,000.
The white Ford truck continued north and drove into the small construction area on the southeast corner of the intersection of Washington Street. The truck got hung up in the drop off in the sidewalk construction area, backed up and then continued north across the intersection to the northwest. The truck drove across the roadway into the wrong lane of traffic and came to a rest in the street just south of the Westside Bar.
Damage to the white Ford truck was estimated at $2,000.