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DUI charges placed on driver in Elizabethton Applebee's crash

John Thompson • Updated Mar 29, 2019 at 8:35 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The driver of the Dodge Ram truck that crashed into the front of the Applebee’s restaurant on Thursday morning has been identified by the Elizabethton Police Department as Barry Russell Holly, 38, 105 Rex Shoun Road.

Police have arrested Holly on charges of driving under the influence, simple possession of a schedule III drug and failure to comply with the financial responsibility law.

Officer Aaron Bennett of the Elizabethton Police Department reported that he responded to the crash at 7:16 a.m. Thursday. When he arrived on the scene, he reported that he found a white 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 inside the dining area of the restaurant.

He said he made contact with Holly, who told him he was traveling west on West Elk Avenue and noticed he was gaining on a vehicle that had recently turned onto West Elk Avenue. He said he was attempting to downshift and apply his brakes.

Bennett said Holly’s truck left the roadway in front of Bojangles and traveled approximately 3-6 feet before stopping inside Applebee’s.

Bennett also talked with several motorists who were driving on West Elk Avenue at the time of the accident. Several told him they noticed the white truck was gaining on a vehicle in front of it.

One of the witnesses told Bennett the truck “was traveling at a high rate of speed” and was “bounding as it went through the intersection. The witness said she then noticed the truck was no longer on the highway and was parked inside Applebees.

Another witness told Bennett that the truck “went up the embankment and drove into Applebee’s.”

Holly is scheduled to appear in Carter County Sessions Court on April 26.

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