Windows, walls and dreams were left in tatters Friday night on Farm-to-Market Road 840.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, at 10:45 p.m., a 2005 Ford Focus driven by Everson Hall, of Mount Enterprise, allegedly left the roadway and collided with a structure.
Hall was arrested at the scene under suspicion of a DWI and was transported to UT Health-Henderson for a blood test, according to the officer’s probable cause affidavit.
Hall was later transported to the Rusk County Jail and arraigned Saturday by Pct. 5 Justice of the Peace Jana Enloe for driving while intoxicated, a third degree felony. His bond was set at $30,000 and he has been released on bond.
According to Rusk County Jail records, Hall was indicted for a DWI charge in April.
The building was home to FM 840 Antiques & Craft Mall also known as The Little Red Store. Business owner, Mary Adkins, woke to a phone call from the Rusk County Sheriff's Office stating that her storefront had been demolished.
Rushing to the scene, Adkins recalls the despair she felt as she surveyed the damage to her beloved store. “I am heartbroken, but I'm working like a mad dog to salvage everything that isn't broken,” said Adkins. Adkins added that she takes comfort, during such a tumultuous time, in the belief that while her livelihood may have been taken from her, the driver is alive and stopping that car inside of her building kept something much more dramatic happening down the road.
“I'm devastated at the loss of my little store but grateful that no families had to wake up today to mourn human loss,” Adkins said.
She would also like to let the community know that, “The Little Red Shop is not gone forever.”