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Truck crashes into Merola's Market

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Kennet Dall Kennet Dall
BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Bent metal, crumbling walls and lots of water inside the Merola's Market corner store Tuesday morning. Owner James Beaudoin says he got the call from an employee just after midnight.

"My worker that lives down the street called me and said hop in my truck, get down here, another truck ran into your store. So I came down and found the truck still in my store," Beaudoin said.

Police say Kennet Dall, 40, of Burlington, was drunk when he crashed his truck into the corner liquor store. He took out the side of the building and crushed the water heater, which flooded the store.

Reporter Molly Smith: It looks like it pushed the cooler back 3 or 4 inches, maybe even more, from the outside. So you're expecting higher energy bills for the month of December?

James Beaudoin: The one nice thing is if it's cold, I don't have to worry about turning the cooler on; we got outside AC.

Beaudoin is keeping a sense of humor during the whole thing. He sees the irony-- a drunk driver plowing into a liquor store. But he says drunk driving really isn't funny.

"It's hard being a business owner that sells liquor wine and beer to comment on that, because it's part of my business and a very good part of my business. But you need to be smart about it," Beaudoin said.

The crazy thing is this isn't the first time the business has been hit. Back in 2010, an alleged drunk driver plowed into the other side of the store, doing much more damage. That time, the business had to shut down for nearly a month. But this time, Beaudoin hopes it will only take one day.

"I want to be open," he said. "This is a busy time of year for everybody."

Beaudoin says he's seen a lot of support from friends and neighbors, and luckily most of the alcohol in the cooler wasn't impacted, which represents a significant party of his business. These accidents have taught him to roll with the punches. And just in case you were wondering, he's not planning on opening a drive-thru.

Dall was cited for DUI at the scene of the accident. He will be in court later this month.

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