Glenwood teen crashes vehicle into building while attempting to park


April 20th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported after a teenaged driver accidentally crashed a car into a building in Glenwood, Sunday afternoon. Glenwood Police report 14-year old Brianne Merritt, of Glenwood, was attempting to park a 2011 Buick LaCrosse on the parking lot of the Eddy’s convenience store at 1200 Locust Street. While pulling into a handicapped spot on the southeast side of the business, the teen accelerated, causing the car to hit the front of the store, just north of the front entrance.

The car crashed through the wall at around 2:12-p.m. and entered the store before Merritt put the vehicle into reverse and backed out into the parking lot. A male employee of the store was the only person in the building, but he escaped injury. Four other people in the car, including Merritt’s mother and three juveniles, were also uninjured.

No citations were issued. Police said the crash was caused by driver inexperience. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $2,000, while the building sustained $5,000 damage.

The Glenwood P-D reports also, 33-year old Caleb Wear, of Silver City, was arrested Sunday for OWI/1st offense. His bond was set at $1,000.