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PHOTOS: Car Crashes into Beaumont Chamber, 'Drive-Thru' Still Open

The Chamber of Commerce remains open for business despite the fact that about half of the building can't currently be used.

Business is continuing on at the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce despite thousands of dollars in recent damage caused when a car drove into the building.

The crash happened this weekend, at around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Sheri Bogh, executive director for the chamber.

"The driver took out our front office, and the doors to the side office," she told Patch, adding that power was also taken out.  "About half of the building is currently not able to be used.”

Bogh said electricity has since been restored to the main side of the office, and workers have crammed into that part to keep things going at the Chamber.

"It could have been worse," she said, adding that it's become known as the "drive-thru chamber" around town.

"I didn't know we were opening a drive-thru chamber," Councilman David Castaldo even joked at this week's council meeting.

Still, there is an estimated $10,000 to $15,000 worth of damages which need to be repaired.  Bogh said if the driver's insurance doesn't pick up the tab, then the Chamber's insurance should cover the bill.

Beaumont police did not immediately say if the driver of that vehicle will face any charges.

suzanna January 18, 2013 at 02:03 AM
Should it be stated that this drunk driver was a customer that was thrown out of players??
Teresa Wise Little January 19, 2013 at 03:23 AM
As much as I hang out at Players I can say I'm glad we stayed home.

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