Police: Woman hits car, pole before slamming into West End church

(Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A woman crashed her car into West End United Methodist Church early Wednesday morning in Midtown.

Police said the woman, Donna Baldwin, 50, of Hendersonville, was not injured.

She was driving west on West End Avenue around 4 a.m. when she rear-ended a parked car before slamming into a light pole.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

The pole then fell into a window, shattering it before the car continued into the side of the church.

“The building has been secured and we’ll get the window replaced,” said church Pastor Michael Williams.

Williams was informed by a text message from the church’s building and grounds manager.

“The damage really is just the broken window and some scarring along the building here,” Williams said. “I’m grateful that the building didn’t suffer any more damage than it did. It’s a place of worship and we always want to be able to have access to that.”

When police first made contact with Baldwin, they said she appeared to be intoxicated.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Officers said, at one point, she starting searching her car for an iPod, even asking an officer could she borrow his flashlight.

Police asked the Hendersonville woman if she had consumed any alcoholic beverages; she told them she had.

Officers said Baldwin seemed very incoherent when speaking to police and could not answer some questions.

She was taken to the hospital where she agreed to have blood drawn for an alcohol toxicology test, according to police.

“I learned that the driver was going to be okay, and we’re very glad about that the individual who was driving appears to be okay,” the Pastor said.

Baldwin’s blood will be processed and tested at the Metro Crime Lab to see if she was driving drunk. If it comes back positive, she could face DUI charges.

At last check, Baldwin remained at Saint Thomas West Hospital due to her injuries.

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