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Bank gets unexpected ‘drive-thru’

By Caitlin Rickard crickard@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:23 PM

A Lebanon woman is accused of running her car into a bank early Wednesday morning and leaving the scene.

According to Lebanon police, officers responded to Wilson Bank & Trust on Tennessee Boulevard to investigate an accident at around 3:45 a.m.

Upon arrival, officers said they noticed the building had apparently been driven through, but the car had left the scene. They said they found a Volkswagen hood emblem and green plastic car parts.

Following the discovery, other officers said they located a car at 659 Horn Springs Road matching the description of the damages. They said a green 1997 Volkswagen Cabrio was in the driveway, had front-end damage and still had vinyl stuck in the bumper and glass pieces.

Officers said the mother of Jill Gardner, 47, of Lebanon, said Gardner had taken the car Tuesday afternoon and had not been home since.

According to officers, Gardner later told them she had hit the building while looking for her phone and then got scared and left the scene.

Officers also said there was a strong smell of alcohol coming from the car.

Gardner was charged with leaving the scene.

Her court date is set for June 3.

According to the Lebanon police property report, the value of the damage to Wilson Bank & Trust totals $10,000. It also shows damages to the car totaling $1,000.

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