Car plows into store

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Driver held without bond

By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — Ruth Smith of Hillsville was at the wheel of a 1993 Ford Mustang when she hit the wrong pedal while pulling up to Guynn Hardware at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.


There's evidence — a crushed downspout — at the scene on Main Street that the car scraped the building next door before smashing through the hardware store's plate glass window and breaking out several masonry blocks, according to the Hillsville Police Department.
The driver caused potentially thousands of dollars in damage to the building, Police Chief Steve Williams noted. He believes one table for sale inside the store was also damaged.
Hillsville Fire Department, Carroll Fire Rescue and other emergency personnel responded to the scene to begin cleaning up the storefront, removing heavy plate glass hanging from the broken window.
Before long, that work was taken up by a private contractor, putting in plywood to secure the building again.
"As far as I know nobody was injured, thank goodness," Williams said on the scene.
Police charged Smith with driving under the influence of drugs, driving outside of license restrictions, reckless driving and refusal to take the blood or breath test.
Appearing before the magistrate afterwards, Smith had her bond revoked from a previous criminal charge from June 25 — driving while intoxicated, also filed by the Hillsville Police Department.
She was taken to the New River Valley Regional Jail and held without bond pending her court appearance.