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Alleged DUI driver crashes in Blountville drive-thru with children

Rain Smith • Jan 2, 2013 at 1:03 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — A Bristol man faces charges of child neglect and DUI after allegedly crashing his vehicle in the drive-thru of a Blountville fast food restaurant.

According to statements from employees, the building moved when struck by his Ford pickup. A deputy responded to find two children, ages 2 and 7, inside the vehicle, while the driver allegedly admitted to taking a morphine pill. He reportedly "thought it was fine" to operate a vehicle while under its influence.

The incident occurred at approximately 9:40 Friday night at the Burger King on Blountville Bypass, directly in front of the Sullivan County Justice Center and Sheriff's Office. A deputy responded to find Robert Schenker, 42, of 134 Mapleview Drive, Bristol, Tenn., standing beside his 1985 Ford pickup. The vehicle reportedly suffered disabling damage to the left front, while an iron fence that was supposed to be connected to the Burger King building was laying in the parking lot.

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