Driver faces DUI charge after car slams into Shepherdsville church
The pastor at Divine Savior Lutheran Church on North Buckman Street says it happened around 4 a.m. The driver was on his way back to Kentucky from New Mexico for this morning's service.
SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An alleged drunk driver drove into a Bullitt County church Sunday morning, putting a large hole in the brick facade.
Shepherdsville Fire Department was called to Divine Savior Lutheran Church on North Buckman Street around 3:30 a.m. for a report of a car into the building.
The deputy chief of the fire department says the driver of the car had slammed into a utility pole, then crashed through the wall of the church.
“The sanctuary itself was not damaged, nor was the rest of it,” said Pastor Thomas Elbert.
Elbert, who became pastor of the church in March, says the damage was contained to his office.
No one was inside the church and there were no injuries reported.
“God’s timing is good. Had anyone been sitting in that chair—myself or another person—they would’ve been seriously injured or perhaps even killed,” said Elbert.
A deputy jailer with the Bullitt County Detention Center says the driver, William Loman was booked around noon Sunday. Prior to that, he was checked out at a hospital.
The 34-year-old Louisville man was charged with DUI second-offense, criminal mischief, terroristic threatening, and fourth-degree assault.
“Driving under the influence, there’s really no excuse for that. That’s one of those things, that there are consequences for that,” said Elbert. “The other side of the coin is, that doesn’t mean we don’t care for the person. It just means that kind of behavior is not acceptable.”
Sunday morning’s service went on as planned. After that service, church members worked to board up the damaged wall.
Pastor Elbert calls what happened, a “blessing” of sorts.
“There are always challenges in life. And every time they come, the way in which we deal with those challenges makes a difference,” Elbert said.
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