Woman charged with DUI after crashing into Court South pool

Woman charged with DUI after crashing into Court South pool

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A 48-year-old Knoxville woman drove her Dodge Dakota into the National Fitness Center/Court South on Alcoa Highway early Saturday evening. A 48-year-old Knoxville woman drove her Dodge Dakota into the National Fitness Center/Court South on Alcoa Highway early Saturday evening.
Two employees helped the woman out of the truck and the pool. Two employees helped the woman out of the truck and the pool.
Melissa Rich (Source: KCSO) Melissa Rich (Source: KCSO)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Gym-goers were shocked when a pickup truck crashed through the front of Court South, landing in the lap pool.

Melissa Rich, 48, of Knoxville drove her Dodge Dakota into the National Fitness Center/Court South on Alcoa Highway early Saturday evening. The incident happened shortly before 6:30 p.m.

Two employees helped the woman out of the truck and the pool. No one was hurt, but the woman was taken to UT Medical Center as a precaution.

According to the arrest report, Rich had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath, and told officers she had consumed two beers and five shots of whiskey prior to the incident.

Officers found a nearly empty whiskey bottle in the console of her truck.

Officers say there was significant damage to the building.

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