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GLADSTONE, Mo. – Police are investigating after a man suspected of DUI drove a delivery truck and smashed it into the bottom level of a Gladstone apartment building, where one person was inside.

Police said around 3:00 p.m. on Saturday an Iowa Steak Company delivery truck, which had a large cooler on the back of it, crashed into the bottom floor of an apartment building at the Bluffs Apartments complex, located at 7005 N. Bales Avenue. Officials said more than a dozen first responders worked to stabilize the building after it happened. They said two men, a driver and a sleeping passenger, were in the truck when it crashed.

photo 4One resident, Mark Merritt, was inside the building at the time, but was thankfully in his bedroom and was not injured at the time of the crash.

"My couch is demolished," said Merritt. "If I would've been on my couch, I would've been toast."

Investigators were at the scene on Saturday working on evaluating how the crash affected the rest of the building and whether or not the entire structure had been damaged.

"I would say there's well over $100,000 done in damage," said Sean Daugherty, battalion chief at Gladstone's fire department.

It's a hefty cost, but Merritt said it's nothing when you consider the value of his life. Merritt and his roommate, Taylor Johnson, said they have renter's insurance; but in the midst of a gaping hole in their wall and broken furniture, they're staying focused on what's really important.photo 1

"I'm just glad to be alive," Merritt said.

Police said the driver tried to take off but officers were able to arrest the man. They said he will be charged with DUI.

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