UPDATE: Arab police make arrest in Waffle House crash

The Arab Police Department has active warrants for the arrest of Rebekah Monk from Somerville for driving under the influence and underage drinking.

Posted: Jun 5, 2019 4:57 PM
Updated: Jun 6, 2019 10:55 AM

UPDATE: The Arab Police Department announced it arrested Rebekah Monk about 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

From earlier:

Rebekah Monk

The Arab Police Department is searching for a 19-year-old woman after officers say she drove into the Waffle House on Highway 231.

Police have active warrants for the arrest of Rebekah Monk from Somerville for driving under the influence (DUI) and underage drinking. They don't have a picture of her yet.

Crews are now working to repair the restaurant after employees say Monk's car barreled off Highway 231. They said once the car reached the parking lot, it went airborne and then went straight through the windows into the restaurant, leaving behind serious damage.

According to Assistant Arab Police Chief Shane Washburn, Monk stayed on the scene after the accident and did a breathalyzer test with officers. He says she failed with a 0.04 result, because the legal limit for a person under the age of 21 is 0.02.

Police say Monk was taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries. Washburn said she was released from the hospital on Saturday, and police could not get warrants for her arrest until the courts opened on Monday. On Monday, Washburn says they tried to contact Monk to turn herself in, but they have not been able to reach her.

Washburn says a warrant for minor in possession/consumption of alcohol was obtained, because officers found an open bottle of vodka in her car. He says the DUI warrant is because she was over the legal limit at the scene, and they are waiting on blood samples from the hospital.

Seth Chappell works just across the street from the Waffle House. He says when he was heading into work Saturday morning, he saw the aftermath of the crash.

"Just about every window but those front three were shattered," he said. "It's bad that it happened at Waffle House, but it easily could've been over here, too."

On Wednesday, construction crews said they estimate the repairs could cost more than $100,000.

"It was pretty bad at the time. It's good nobody was hurt," Chappell said.

Chappell says he frequents the restaurant, and a crash like that makes him nervous.

"It was around the time that I usually go there," he said.

Waffle House officials say they hope to have all the work done and the restaurant back open by the end of this week.

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