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Man cited for crashing truck into Vermilion business


VERMILION — A man was cited for reckless operation Tuesday after driving his vehicle through a business Monday night, which he said occurred because of an earlier argument with his wife.

At 11:30 p.m. Monday, police were sent to Erie Electronics, 4345 Liberty Ave., for a report that a Chevy pickup "crashed through the building."

Police spoke with the driver, Joshua Saunders, 29, who was in the vehicle, drifting in and out of consciousness. Saunders, who lives in the 400 block of Erie Road, told police that after an argument with his wife, he sped out of the driveway of his home. He said when he tried to stop at a stop sign at Liberty Avenue, his accelerator stuck, causing him to drive across Erie Electronics’ tree lawn and into the building.

Saunders admitted to drinking five or six beers throughout the day but told police the last beer he had was “when it was still light out.” Police did not smell alcohol on Saunders’ breath, according to a police report.

Saunders was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland for treatment, and he later was released.

Police spoke with Saunders’s wife, Stacy, who told police that Joshua Saunders had been depressed and threatened suicide earlier in the week. Joshua Saunders denied to police that the accident had been a suicide attempt.

Saunders was ordered to appear in Vermilion Municipal Court at 4 p.m. today.

Erie Electronics, which was closed Tuesday for cleanup, reopened Wednesday.

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