AWOL Guardsman Crashes Truck into House

Christopher Harlan Taylor, 21, told police that his friends left him alone at a bar so he needed to find a ride home. After unsuccessfully trying to hotwire a pickup truck, Taylor saw a supply truck behind a locked fence. Taylor jumped the fence and drove the truck through it.

At 3:20 A.M., Clarksville police got a call. Someone had crashed a large supply truck into a house.

Police arrived at the scene to find the truck empty. They searched the interior and found Taylor’s wallet. The address listed on an identification card was just a few blocks away. They found Taylor there with torn shorts, an abrasion and a strong odor of alcohol. He declined a field sobriety test, saying that he was drunk.

The house belonged to Joseph Moorehouse, an army veteran.

“I immediately knew that a vehicle had hit my house, just by the sound of it,” Moorehouse said. He was forced to vacate his house after the accident, and he cannot return unless he installs a brace on the roof.

Before the truck crashed into the house, it went airborne and clipped a tree. Moorehouse said that if Taylor “hadn’t clipped that tree on the way in, he would’ve parked in my house.”

Taylor, who was reported AWOL from the Air National Guard in Smyrna, TN, is lucky that no one was seriously injured or killed. If Moorehouse had stayed in the front bedroom that night instead of the back bedroom, this could have been a fatal truck accident. He made a series of reckless mistakes that thankfully did not cost any lives.

“And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” – Luke 6:31

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