Jessica Cejnar / Tuesday, Aug. 27 @ 9:53 a.m. / Crime

(PHOTOS) Suspected Drunken Driver Collides With Java Hut Building in Smith River


A suspected drunken driver crashed into the Java Hut building at U.S. 101 and Fred Haight Drive in Smith River on Monday. Photo: Jessica Cejnar

A 58-year-old woman is in custody on suspicion of driving under the influence after her vehicle crashed into the Java Hut building at U.S. 101 and Fred Haight Drive in Smith River on Monday.

Karen Ilene McGruire. | DCSO

The California Highway Patrol booked Karen Ilene McGruire into the Del Norte County Jail on Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, according to the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office Online Information System.

The collision occurred at about 11:20 p.m. Monday, said California Highway Patrol officer Brandy Gonzalez. The driver wasn’t injured and there was no one in the building, Gonzalez said.

Photos of the crash scene provided by Jennifer Smith.


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