"I'm just glad no one was hurt. Repairs can be made," Joyce Emmert said about a single vehicle that drove through the back of their new office building. "My dad told me once that cars and buildings can be replaced, but people can't."
After jumping a sidewalk curb, Emmert said the vehicle went two-thirds of the way into a part of the building that had not been completed, which will make the work needed to make repairs much easier.
"They couldn't have hit us in a better spot than they did. We never lost power or our phone service," Emmert said, laughing. "We've been kidded a little bit that we can now have drive-thru service available for our customers."
A damage estimate for the building has not been completed yet, but Emmert said the insurance company has been notified.
According to a report filed at the Brazil City Police Department, shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday, Justine Schuetz, 22, Brazil, told officials that she "swerved to miss a cat," left the roadway and hit the back of the new office building located at 925 W. National Ave.
Police Chief Terry Harrison confirmed that Schuetz underwent an alcohol test, but the .07 reading was not enough for her to be charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. State law automatically charges someone with a .08 reading; anything below has to be proven by evidence discovered by law enforcement at the scene, according to Harrison.
Schuetz was preliminarily charged with public intoxication and booked into the Clay County Justice Center with a 10-percent cash bond of $3,000. Although she has since bonded out, Schuetz's case is under review by Clay County Prosecutor's Office for further charges.