Crime

Driver charged with DUI after crashing through Kohl's

A Chevrolet Surburban crashed into the Kohl's store in Hamburg shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday. The driver and two occupants were taken to a hospital with what Lexington police officer R.D. Keaton called non-life threatening injuries.
A Chevrolet Surburban crashed into the Kohl's store in Hamburg shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday. The driver and two occupants were taken to a hospital with what Lexington police officer R.D. Keaton called non-life threatening injuries.

A woman who crashed through the exterior of Kohl's on Wednesday afternoon has been charged with driving under the influence.

Whitney Lochmueller also faces charges of wanton endangerment and criminal mischief, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.

According to police reports, Lochmueller is suspected to have been under the influence of drugs when she crashed through the wall of the Hamburg store. Toxicology reports are pending, Roberts said.

Alcohol is not a suspected factor in the crash. Roberts said Lochmueller has been cited but will not be arrested.

Police say Lochmueller was driving a Chevrolet Suburban toward the store when she collided with a Toyota Camry and then accelerated, hitting a tree and crashing through the store's front right wall, Lexington police said.

Lochmueller and two children in the vehicle were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, police said. Lochmueller was listed in fair condition Thursday morning at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital.

Lochmueller is the daughter of former University of Kentucky basketball player Steve Lochmueller, a member of the 1971 "Super Kittens" recruiting class.

Lochmueller played in 52 games over the 1972-73 and 1973-74 seasons, scoring 179 points.

The Hamburg store closed Wednesday while crews began repairing damage to its wall. It reopened Thursday at 8 a.m. as usual, store manager Audy Ely said. Repairs were still being made to the wall Thursday.

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