Police: Intoxicated driver crashes into liquor store

Police say an Ohio driver with nearly three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system crashed into a Nashville liquor store May 7.

Nashville Police and the Brown County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to Hoosier Buddy Liquors on South Van Buren Street at around 3 p.m. for a report of a vehicle that had driven into the store’s glass doors, a press release from the sheriff’s department said.

Nashville Police Officer Dan Klaker and Deputy Bill Southerland responded. Officers reported smelling alcohol on Stephen Hunter, 68, of Dayton, Ohio, and that his speech was slurred and eyes were watery and red.

Due to the heavy rain that afternoon, Hunter was taken to the Brown County Law Enforcement Center to perform field sobriety tests. He failed, the press release said.

A breath test showed his blood-alcohol level to be 0.23.

Hunter was booked into the Brown County jail about an hour and a half after the accident on a charge of operating while intoxicated.

The store was able to stay open after the damaged door was stabilized.

Suzannah Couch grew up in Brown County, reading the Brown County Democrat. A 2013 Franklin College graduate, she covers cops/courts, education and arts/entertainment.