Building struck by stolen truck

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The sign on the truck says, “Disasters may ruin your day, but they don’t have to ruin your stuff.” But a stairway was damaged when a Cookeville woman decided to take it for a drive without permission.

A Cookeville woman faces charges after a box truck she was driving struck a building in Livingston last week.

At approximately 3 p.m. Friday, June 26, Livingston Police Department Officers Jim Gavagan and J.D. Masters along with Chief Greg Etheredge responded to a call that a vehicle had struck a building at 523 Medical Drive.

Upon arrival, the officers discovered a large commercial box truck had struck the back of the building, causing damage to an outside stairwell.

According to a release from LPD, the story got more interesting when the driver, later identified as Jennifer Tackett, 41, of Cookeville, stated that she was the driver of the company vehicle and was making deliveries. She originally claimed she had worked for the company for approximately two years and attempted to show paperwork from the truck to confirm her story.

Upon further investigation, officers found that she did not work for the company, but had allegedly stolen the truck at another location nearby and drove the truck.

Reportedly, she was trying to get back to Cookeville and wrecked the vehicle.

The owners of the vehicle confirmed to LPD that Tackett was not their employee and had no idea who she was. They were on a work project nearby when the truck was stolen.

Based on the investigation, Tackett was arrested on the scene and charged with Burglary of an Auto, Theft Over $10,000, and Criminal Impersonation.