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Mt. Pleasant business damaged by vehicle collision

| Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
An alleged drunk driver caused major damage to Joe's Pools along Main Street in Mt. Pleasant recently.
Kelly Vernon | The Mt. Pleasant Journal
An alleged drunk driver caused major damage to Joe's Pools along Main Street in Mt. Pleasant recently.

A Pittsburgh man allegedly struck two parked vehicles recently on Main Street in Mt. Pleasant before the vehicle he was driving came to rest in the display window of Joe's Pools along the borough's primary thoroughfare, borough police said.

Following the incident early Dec. 15, David Kimmick of 408 Lois Drive in the city was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to a report filed by borough Patrolman Matt Johnson.

Kimmick is accused of striking a GMC truck registered to Robert Kemp of Mt. Pleasant and a Honda Civic registered to borough resident Barbara Bar in a Ford F-150 truck he was driving before crashing into the business, Johnson said.

Joe Horrell, owner of Joe's Pools at 615 W. Main St., heard a loud noise at about 5 a.m. that morning, but did not discover the damage to his building until 9 a.m., he said.

“Glass was shattered 15 feet into the store,” Horrell said. “Fortunately, I only had a few rafts in the window, so there was little merchandise damage.”

The store sustained $12,000 in damages, according to a contractor's estimate, Horrell said.

Horrell used items he had in the store to seal the shattered window from the elements, he said. He added that he had never experienced a vehicle damaging his store in the 29 years he has been in operation at the location.

During the collision, the soft drink machine located outside the store was also moved six inches from its original spot on the sidewalk, Horrell said.

Bar's vehicle, which was pushed into a borough parking meter, was towed from the scene. It was estimated to be a total loss.

Steve Samuels, owner of The Hub said he heard “a big bang” at the time of the incident, but added that he initially didn't see the damage from his apartment above the store. Samuels heard what he thought was the driver attempting to flee the scene before he called 911, he said.

Following the collision, debris and vehicle parts were strewn about Main Street.

The borough's volunteer fire department was called to the scene to clean up.

Patrolman Johnson said he arrived at the scene and immediately detected an odor of alcohol as Kimmick exited his truck. Kimmick also stumbled several times, he said.

A Natural Light beer can fell to the ground from Kimmick's vehicle as he exited the vehicle, Johnson said.

Johnson eventually transported Kimmick to Excela Health Frick Hospital near the borough for blood alcohol testing after he failed three sobriety field tests at the scene, he said. Test results were not released as of deadline.

“To my recollection, there has never been a vehicle wreck into a store front on Main Street,” Mt. Pleasant Borough Police Chief Stephen Ober said. “Parking meters have been struck in the past, but never a building.”

Kelly Vernon is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-547-5722 or kvernon@tribweb.com.

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