Truck smashes into art gallery

Posted: Friday, August 08, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A truck smashed into a prominent downtown Anchorage art gallery early Thursday morning and police located the driver by late afternoon.

Guy Conley, 25, was cited for leaving the scene of an accident and careless driving.

Witnesses said a 1989 Chevrolet Blazer was southbound on G Street and attempted to make a left turn on Sixth Avenue at about 2 a.m.

The driver continued turning until the truck smashed into the front of the Decker/Morris Gallery.

The Blazer backed up and continued east on Sixth Avenue. Witnesses followed the Blazer, recorded its license number and alerted police.

Damage to the art gallery was estimated at about $50,000, with damage to art works estimated at $15,000.

The crash took out the front window frame of the gallery and the Blazer drove away with the frame hanging from the vehicle.

Police spokesman Ron McGee said dispatchers linked the Blazer to Conley, who had been cited for a traffic violation in the truck last week. He is not the owner of the truck.

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