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Drunk driver crashes into 'Don't Drink & Drive' sign in Salem

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Scene where a driver in Salem missed a turn early Saturday morning, running through a fence and hitting a truck with the phrase “Don’t Drink & Drive” painted on it. The driver faces DUII charges. (Photo: Denis Lafferty) Scene where a driver in Salem missed a turn early Saturday morning, running through a fence and hitting a truck with the phrase “Don’t Drink & Drive” painted on it. The driver faces DUII charges. (Photo: Denis Lafferty)
(Photo: Denis Lafferty) (Photo: Denis Lafferty)
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

Salem Police said a man was driving under the influence when he crashed into a sign that read "Don't Drink & Drive."

The anti-drunk driving sign was written on a truck at a collision repair shop.

FOX 12 spoke to the shop owner who said he put the sign up because this has happened too many times before.

"It's a surprise when I come in the morning and don't know what to find."

Denis Lafferty said he's had four of these "surprises" in just the last two months. He had just set posts for a new fence after the last dramatic crash at Carzntrux Collision Repair.

"Silver SUV was upside down on my lot. Come over the fence, took the roof off my truck, nose dived into the Honda, backflipped onto this black Mercedes and also landed on a Toyota Avalon that was here."

Lafferty also painted, in big vinyl letters, "Don't Drink & Drive" on one of the trucks in his lot.

Early Saturday morning, Lafferty said he got yet another call from police.

"The irony is this guy landed on the bed of the truck right above the sign."

Salem Police said they arrested Eric Jones for DUII and reckless driving.

While impairment is considered a factor in this crash, Lafferty said plenty of people have lost control simply because they're taking the corner too fast.

"I just came back from the Indy 500 and drivers there don't have any trouble going around corners at 200 miles per hour but people have trouble going around this one at 25."

In his ten years doing business on Hoyt Street, Lafferty said he has seen 10 to 15 different crashes in the same spot. He hopes the city will do more to warn drivers of the curve and hopes his warning still gets across.

"I'm gonna leave that truck there as a barricade and just keep the message going, although it's a little hard to read now."

The truck Lafferty was using for the sign he said he had just bought from an insurance company. He had plans to fix it up, but now, it's a total loss so he's back to dealing with the insurance company.

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