CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – A West Ashley church is in serious need of repairs after a vehicle crashed into it early Thursday morning.
“I got the call this morning and I’m like ‘again, you’ve got to be kidding me,'” said Kem Evans, a member of Graham A.M.E Church.
But it was no joke and it’s something Graham A.M.E. Church is a little too familiar with.
Vehicles have repeatedly damaged the exact same building in the exact same place, the front right corner.
“I’m just a little shocked, it’s like this is unbelievable,” Evans said.
A vehicle has crashed into church at the corner of Wappoo Road and Highway 61 twice in the past five years and a few more times before that. So many times, it’s hard to keep track.
“I’m going to say three, but it could be four. The very first one happened many, many years ago,” Evans said.
The church tried to do something about it, installing concrete poles to stop vehicles before they get to the building. This time, the truck was too big and too fast.
According to the incident report, that truck was being driven by 33-year-old Matthew Deveaux. The responding officer noted several open containers of alcohol and a strong odor.
Deveaux was taken to the hospital for treatment and then arrested for driving under the influence.
As the church begins to clean up this mess yet again, they’re thankful it wasn’t worse.
“Just pray for us and we thank God that it never happens during our Sunday worship service or when we have our Bible study on Wednesdays so we just thank God, He’s looking down on us always. It always happens late at night, so I still consider us to be blessed because it could always be a whole lot worse,” Evans said.