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Elderly man injured in E-town Kroger crash speaks to WDRB

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- An elderly man takes his monthly trip to Kroger and ends up in the hospital after a car came crashing through the front door.

"Half a dozen Kroger employees were there saying, 'lay still, lay still, are you all right?'" said Arley Cleary, who visits the Elizabethtown Kroger on Dolphin Drive the first Wednesday of every month for a 10 percent senior discount.

But on Wednesday, Feb. 5, the 84-year-old man got more than he bargained for.

"The car hit the windows. I looked up from the first window and by the time it had gotten to the second window it was too fast it had hit me in the right-hand side. Knocked me over on the counter and onto the floor," Cleary said.

Pictures of the incident point to what he describes -- the entrance to the store barely hanging, the car covered in shattered glass taking out a cash register inside.

A day later, workers stitched the wreckage with cardboard and caution tape.

"Took me down into the emergency room and had a brain scan and a few x-rays on my brain and my hip, and the doctor said all I had was a bruised hip and nothing else," Cleary said.

Police charged June Blocker, a former Kroger employee, with assault, wanton endangerment, criminal mischief and DUI.

And WDRB learned she's done this before.

In 1999, Blocker smashed a Mustang into a different Elizabethtown Kroger.

She pleaded guilty then, claiming mental illness and serving four years probation.

In 2010, she found trouble again, banned from the E-town Walmart after being charged with wanton endangerment.

"Based on the current allegations and the criminal history, I'm going to require that cash bond be posted on a danger to others bond will be set at $50,000," a judge said at Blocker's arraignment Thursday morning.

Cleary says he's survived worse: two tours in Korea and Vietnam. A wily old veteran with one more story to tell.

"Anytime you walk away from something it makes you feel wonderful," Cleary said.

Police say the other person injured in this crash may have suffered a broken leg. He's been released from the hospital.

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