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Archive for Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Driver arrested for OUI, reckless driving after crashing into optometry clinic at Sixth Street and Lawrence Avenue

Police investigate the scene after a car crashed into Lawrence Family Vision Clinic, 3111 W. Sixth St., Tuesday, March 29, 2011.

March 29, 2011, 5:14 p.m. Updated March 29, 2011, 10:45 p.m.

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A car came to rest inside the Lawrence Family Vision Clinic, 3111 W. Sixth St., Tuesday afternoon. Two customers inside the store were thrown across the room but not injured. The driver, a 27-year-old Lawrence man, also was not injured.

A car came to rest inside the Lawrence Family Vision Clinic, 3111 W. Sixth St., Tuesday afternoon. Two customers inside the store were thrown across the room but not injured. The driver, a 27-year-old Lawrence man, also was not injured.

A car crashed into Lawrence Family Vision Clinic, 3111 W. Sixth St., Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Medics responded to two people at the scene of the accident.

A car crashed into Lawrence Family Vision Clinic, 3111 W. Sixth St., Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Medics responded to two people at the scene of the accident.

No one was injured, but two customers at a Lawrence optometry clinic were knocked across the room Tuesday evening after a car crashed into the side of the building near Sixth Street and Lawrence Avenue.

“We were very, very lucky on this one,” said Lawrence police Sgt. Randy Roberts.

He said a 27-year-old Lawrence man lost control of his vehicle at 5 p.m. while headed east on Sixth Street and drove his car into a wall of the Lawrence Family Vision Clinic, 3111 W. Sixth St. The building is at least 30 feet from the road, Roberts estimated.

The car crashed through a wall into a fitting room where customers try on glasses, and the force of the impact knocked two customers inside several feet across the room, the sergeant said. The car was nearly completely inside the building before it stopped.

Initially, dispatchers reported two people — one inside the vehicle and one inside the business — suffered minor injuries. However, Roberts said the customers were shaken up but not injured after they were examined at the scene. The driver was also not injured, Roberts said.

The driver was arrested for operating under the influence and reckless driving and booked into Douglas County Jail at 5:39 p.m.

Comments

75x55 3 years ago

Where does it say that the driver was "drunk"? Or is "OUI" the new catch-all charge?

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pudge1 3 years ago

Yea in all honesty its a 700 dollar ticket. No previousoffenses and you get diversion, which means it never happened. Basically if you have the money your friendly neighborhood judicial system will forget all about it. And anyone that reads this post is pretty much a loser as am i

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kaleighk 3 years ago

While some of you may find this amusing, think about how serious this could have been. The person inside that was injured was my neice, the mother of a ten month old child. I thank God that she was not seriously injured. I hope the justice system will prevail !

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LadyJ 3 years ago

Really hope he didn't have minimum liability, it won't go far.

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been_there 3 years ago

$600 dollars and he's back out.

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none2 3 years ago

Can someone explain why they have the distinction between OUI and DUI?

I also assume that he won't get much of a sentence since Lawrence is pretty tolerant of people under the influence as long as a phone wasn't involved.

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mr_right_wing 3 years ago

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Kontum1972 3 years ago

I- beams in reinforced concrete might be a good idea when they make the repairs...and to the driver....i think your insurance has just been cancelled. Good Luck with that Meatball!

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heygary 3 years ago

Real funny! My daughter and grandson were in this office at the time ... this driver will never know how fortunate he is that they were not injured!

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Machala04 3 years ago

If you look on this guy's FB, he said, "New addition to my family. 228 Camaro. Getting ready to leave to Nebraska with her." And this was right before this wreck happened. Obviously someone isn't going to Nebraska...lol

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 3 years ago

It was happy hour somewhere, but it wasn't happy hour in Lawrence. If you're drunk at 5:00 on a school day there is the smallest, tiniest chance that you may be an ALCOHOLIC. Itty bitty chance.

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Stuart Evans 3 years ago

I wonder if the customers ever saw it coming...

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allinyourhead 3 years ago

For those of you concerned for the customers inside the building, let this be a lesson to you all on the dangers of second-hand drinking.

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goodcountrypeople 3 years ago

Apparently, they should arrest the copy editor for OIU too.

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mr_right_wing 3 years ago

.....and won't it be just soooo very funny when the driver only gets one year probation? That's it... They're back on the street. It really would have added to the hilarity had this driver nailed a pedestrian (or two) on their way to the building! Maybe kill someone next time...lol...lol...lol!!!

Laugh until it hurts...ouch....

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prairiebound 3 years ago

Holy cow... It's getting dangerous to be in a building in the area. 9 months ago three blocks away someone drove through the apartments behind Stone Creek. I saw them both shortly after they happened. Bizarre!

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iloveshnookums 3 years ago

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igby 3 years ago

2x2 pine and thick insulation saved the lives. This method of construction is used in hollywood on break-away sets. It's used in Compton ...land as well. Lol.

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beatrice 3 years ago

Okay, but did he finish his text message?

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puddleglum 3 years ago

and since nobody else mentioned it....bt-chin' camaro bt-chin' camaro! I ran over my neighbor!

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puddleglum 3 years ago

dude, I was there maybe 3 minutes after it happened! so glad nobody was hurt.

somebody was getting a sobriety test there on the spot, and was shaking his head back in forth a whole bunch.

pretty sweet.

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Soapbox 3 years ago

Maybe the driver needed glasses! I is um liberal arts major.

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RoeDapple 3 years ago

cuzin Scruggsy knoes its al bout timing

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Scruggsy 3 years ago

everbody who never had the car get out of controle of them wen going thru ther wil unnerstand how wen u r going 60 and u r smokd and that ligt change an everbody stops short their aint nothing u can do too stop it exsept pull er rite thx god there babby moma got that txt and no's evrbody ok in the ccar cuz no0body woulda ben drinking cuz i didnt give him the $

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LadyJ 3 years ago

Darn, knew I shouldn't have kept putting off making an appointment, now they'll be closed for repairs. Seems they remolded a few years back. Hate to be that guy's insurance company. Besides somone getting hurt, expensive equiptment could be involved. Hope it hit that machine that does the puff of air, but I think it was on the other end. Every time I went in I would ask them if they had gotten one of the new puffless machines yet. Dr. Stebbins was the greatest, new guy is good too but we miss Stebbins.

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Jerry Rockhold 3 years ago

What's the problem? He was just going through the drive-through.

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RoeDapple 3 years ago

Haven't been there for a few years now, but that room definitely would be a bad place for a drive through customer.

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jhawkinsf 3 years ago

You know this is going to be all over the net with a "insert joke here".

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jackpot 3 years ago

I'm thinking, he's running late.

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Vinny1 3 years ago

wow. That wall looks like its made of cardboard.

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Scott Overfield 3 years ago

I'm thinking, he's a new customer.

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doglover 3 years ago

Maybe they just needed glasses.

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townie79 3 years ago

i hope the person wasn't going for an appointment!

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