Incident leaves kitchen and exterior badly damaged
by Keith Stewart
The Casey’s General Store in Sullivan was the victim of a hit and run December 28, which in turn left the business badly damaged on both the interior and exterior.
Jermel D Barlow, 24, of Decatur was arrested by Sullivan police at 10:35 p.m. shortly after the incident.
According to the crash report, for reasons yet to be determined, Barlow allegedly accelerated, jumping the curb before then colliding with the south side storefront of Casey’s. Barlow then backed out and fled the scene but was stopped a few blocks away by police.
According to Casey’s general manager Samantha Drake, not only did the incident damage the exterior of the building, but it also damaged the kitchen, an office, and a freezer. As a result, the kitchen was closed both the day of the incident and another day for repairs to be made, each causing an inability to make food including pizza. Drake also said that when other internal repairs had to be made, the fuel pumps had to be shut off for one day.
No injuries were reported.
According to the report, damages exceeded $1,500. Drake says that the exterior wall’s brick will be installed once better weather arrives.
Barlow is being charged for both driving on a suspended license and for leaving the scene of an accident. His first day in court is set for January 27.