Driver suspected of DWI hits, damages house in Bland

Dave Marner and Roxie Murphy
Managing Editor and Staff Writer

BLAND — A 55-year-old man from Bland was arrested Saturday after the vehicle he was driving struck a house in the western Gasconade County community.

Jeffrey J. Cook was arrested at 10:15 p.m. by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and faces charges on allegations of driving while intoxicated as a chronic offender. He was also cited for careless and imprudent driving resulting in an accident, according to the MSHP report.

Cook was transported by ambulance to Capitol Region Medical Center in Jefferson City following the incident reported at 9:46 p.m. Saturday. According to a report filed by Trooper Drew O’Brien, Cook was travelling south on Route A approaching the city limits of Bland when he failed to negotiate a curve 21 feet west of Colorado Avenue. The 2002 Dodge Dakota Cook was driving struck a house. 

He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and received moderate injuries, according to O’Brien’s report. Cook was arrested at the scene and release to seek medical attention.

Homeowners Lee and Rita Medlock were home at the time of the incident.

“He kind of went airborne and hit the kitchen area,” Rita Medlock said. “He landed right in front of our living room.”

The Medlocks were home and in the living room at the time of the accident.

“Our house was built in 1930, and we have lived here for 38 years,” Medlock said. “This is the first time this has ever happened.”

After the Bland Fire Department and volunteers left the scene Saturday night, Medlock said she and her husband weren’t sure what to do.

“There was a big hole in our house and a couple of the neighbors helped us get it tarped up and then the next night Kenny (Mehrhoff) was there to patch the hole,” Medlock said.

Medlock said she and her husband are insured through Bryan Curtman Insurance Agency in Owensville, so they don’t need anything. She added that both Curtman and the adjuster were there Tuesday.

“An adjuster was out there today and we are good and waiting for the repairs,” Medlock said. “So far, everything is good and we are doing alright. We are fortunate that no one got hurt.”


Photo courtesy of Rita Medlock