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Woman Who Ran Truck into Pool Charged

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Melissa Rich, 48, of Knoxville was charged with DUI first offense after she ran her pickup truck into the side of the National Fitness Center and then into the indoor pool.  She was given a $1,000 bond.  When officers responded to the scene located at 9642 Alcoa Highway around 6:30 they said she had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage about her and on her breath.  According to the report, she had red watery blood shot eyes and slurred speech.  She told officers that she had consumed 2 beers and 5 shots of whiskey prior to the incident.  A nearly empty whiskey bottle was found in the console of the truck.  Rural Metro transported her to U.T. Medical Center where she was treated and released into police custody



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