Drunk driver accused of damaging graves at Muncie cemetery

Mount Tabor Cemetery. (WTHR Staff)

DELAWARE COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) — A man from Oklahoma is facing drunk driving and other charges in Delaware County after deputies say he ran his car through a Muncie cemetery and over several graves.

It happened Tuesday afternoon at Mt. Tabor Cemetery on County Road E 200 S.

(WTHR Staff)

Witnesses said they watched a Ford Explorer bust the chain-link gate and drive through the cemetery.

"I heard the noise and then I looked up and he was going through the cemetery and then he had went as far as he could go," said cemetery caretaker Don Carter.

Sheriff's deputies arrived and identified the driver as Myles Garrett. According to the court documents, Garrett smelled of alcohol, was slurring his speech and was off-balance.

Myles Garrett

Garrett refused a field sobriety test but was taken to the hospital where a blood draw was conducted.

His blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.

According to managers of the cemetery, at least eight headstones were hit, three had significant damage and will likely have to be replaced.

They estimate the damage is more than $10,000.

Most of the headstones hit have been there since the early 1900s.

Debbie Metcalfe has several family members buried there. She came by Thursday to check on their plots. Fortunately, none of them were hit.

"I mean it's pretty significant," Metcalfe said. "I guess you can always say it could always have been worse. But it is aggravating because of all the damage that is done."

Workers at the cemetery say this isn't the first time someone has driven through it. Despite efforts, the city has not yet put up a guardrail to fend drivers off.

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