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No employees hurt when driver plowed into the Plush Horse ice cream shop

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Updated: August 22, 2014 6:24AM



Employees at a long-time ice cream shop in Palos Park received a shock Saturday night when a car plowed into their business.

Sheri Chiappetti, the owner of Plush Horse, said no one was hurt when a 1995 Mercury Marquis crashed into the store at about 11 p.m.

John Kelsey, 28, of Orland Park, is accused of drunken driving in the incident.

A night crew was cleaning the store after hours and didn’t initially hear the crash, Chiappetti said.

Chiappetti was not working that night and was notified of the crash by phone. She said that nothing like this has happened to the store in 25 years.

“It just startled all of us,” she said.

Kelsey reportedly made a quick turn from 123rd Street onto 86th Avenue and smashed into two parked cars before turning into the store’s courtyard, Chiappetti said. Both cars belonged to employees.

The wild ride ended when the car partially broke through a wall of a back storeroom in the business.

Plush Horse remains open for business. Customers enjoying the shop’s ice cream where scattered in the courtyard near barricades erected around the crash site.

The ice cream shop has been in Palos Park since 1937.



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