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Over-sized truck gets stuck in car wash, driver charged with DUI

May 2nd, 2012 1:51 pm by Associated Press

A box-type commercial truck driven into the bay of a Mosheim car wash on Monday didn't quite fit the space.

The driver's alleged actions prior to the crash did not fit the law either, as John Kelly, of Morristown, was charged with driving under the influence.

Sheriff's deputies told Dale Long, owner of the Parkway Car Wash, that Kelly had run off the U.S. 11E Bypass minutes before the 10:47 a.m. problem at the car wash, and struck a guard rail.

A witness reported the accident and a possible drunken driver.

Kelly, 40, of 2312 Clancy Ave., Morristown, told deputies that he pulled into the car wash at 2045 Main St., in Mosheim, to wash the truck.

The problem was that the car wash bay clearance was several inches lower than the box of the Isuzu truck that Kelly was driving.

Kelly drove into the eastern-most bay of the car wash, according to a crash report by sheriff's Deputy Jon Harness.

The 2003 single-unit straight truck driven by Kelly "was too tall to clear the roof structure, causing damage to the car wash, car equipment and (the truck)," the report said.

Kelly allegedly refused to have blood drawn for a toxicology test, leading to a violation of the implied-consent law charge.

The truck was wedged into the car wash bay so tightly that its tires had to be deflated to remove it, said Long, who is director of printing and distribution at The Greeneville Sun.

Long estimated damage to the car wash bay and an adjacent bay at more than $10,000.

Actions leading to the crash included "careless erratic driving or due care," the crash report said.

The truck is owned by Roddy Vending Inc., of Knoxville. Kelly was not injured.

Kelly was freed later Monday on $2,000 bond. He was scheduled to appear today at General Sessions Court.

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