Police: Drunken driver crashes into church

Wednesday, August 18, 2010 ~ Updated 11:18 PM
An Arkansas man's smashed truck lies against the First United Pentecostal Church building on the south side of Kennett following a single-vehicle accident on Sunday morning. (submitted photo)

KENNETT, Mo. -- An Arkansas man who police said was intoxicated flipped his vehicle and crashed into a church Sunday, the Daily Dunklin Democrat reported.

According to a report from Kennett Police Department Officer Paul Vandeventer, at approximately 7 a.m. Sunday, Jason Candler, 30, of Jonesboro, Ark., was traveling north on Highway 412, approaching the South Bypass when he changed lanes into the southbound lane, continued across the South Bypass, and ran off the road on the north side.

Vandeventer said Candler's vehicle struck a highway road sign, continued down the ditch, struck another road sign, and began to roll and flip in a northeasterly direction, striking the sign for the First United Pentecostal Church and eventually coming to a rest after striking the church itself.

According to the report, probable contributing circumstances included driving too fast for the conditions, violating a signal/sign, inattention and alcohol.

No details were available on any injuries to Candler.

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