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Chase ends with truck crashing into store

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - A high speed chase that began in Tennessee ended in Whitley County late last night, when the driver crashed into a produce store.

Johnny Creekmore looks on what's left of his produce store in disbelief.

Potting soil, broken glass and cement blocks litter the floor of Riverside Produce and Deli, a store he has owned for 20 years.

But it became the ending for a high speed chase Saturday night.

“I really couldn't believe what I was seeing. It was just like a dream, the truck sitting all the way over here you know completely inside the building,” said Creekmore.

The Whitley County Sheriff says a drunk 17 year old was driving that truck.

He says the chase began in Tennessee and ended when the driver crashed into the store.

“He intentionally went in this direction. There were no skid marks. It was just head on with Riverside Produce,” said Sheriff Colan Harrell.

Police say the driver immediately tried to back out of the store, but was stuck inside.

“We’ve got a pretty good business going here, and right now is our busy time of year. I don't know how long it's going to take to get back up,” said Creekmore.

He says he hopes to get his store back to normal soon, and estimates the store received nearly 20-thousand dollars worth of damages. He expects it to be covered by insurance.

Police have not released the name of the driver, as he is a juvenile.

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