Car crashes into Cooke Co. Courthouse

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

GAINESVILLE, Tex. -- One woman went for a wild ride around the Cooke County Courthouse square in Gainesville. Authorities say it started when she ran into a parked vehicle. It ended with her car having to be removed from a light post. Stephanie Brletic has the details of this strange story.

Cooke County Judge Bill Freeman agrees it’s not something he sees everyday in Gainesville.

"It’s pretty extensive for downtown Gainesville. There had to be a lot of speed involved,” Judge Freeman says.

Gainesville Police say it wasn't just speed, they also say 45-year-old Sherry Biffle was driving under the influence when she drove her Ford Expedition into a car parked in front of Easter's Eatery on South Commerce.

The car jumped the curb and ran into the building.

"All of a sudden we heard a screech and my nice Lincoln was three feet in the air flying at the front of the store." Glen Easters says.

Easters says that after he got past the initial shock, he wanted to know who was responsible for the damage, but he didn't have to look far.

“After you get back to reality, you want to get a license plate number. Well, I didn't have to do that because her license plate was in -- what was left of -- my trunk!" Glen Easters says.

Police say she didn't stop there. Biffle quickly drove off to her final stop at the Cooke County Courthouse, where police and witnesses say she drove into the south side handicapped entrance of the courthouse, damaging the handrail before finally getting her SUV stuck on a decorative light post.

"I wasn't happy to see the courthouse hit, but I was happy to see that the damage that occurred where it occurred and didn't do any significant structural damage," Judge Freeman said.

Authorities say an off-duty officer witnessed the event and stayed with Biffle until police could get to the scene. Easters says even though his car is totaled, he knows this could have turned out worse.

"It’s just lucky no one got hurt, and it's all we were concerned about. You know you can always replace a car, you can't replace anyone getting hurt."

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