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Ashland authorizes repair of fire station hit by SUV

The city of Ashland will spend an estimated $10,386 to repair Fire Station No. 1 downtown after it was struck by an allegedly intoxicated driver.

The city will be reimbursed by the driver's vehicle insurance company, city officials said.

The side of the fire station that was damaged has been covered with plastic since the March 4 crash.

Dianna Plunk, 65, of Ashland, was traveling toward the downtown in a Jeep Grand Cherokee when she struck the station between the offices of Fire Chief John Karns and Division Chief Margueritte Hickman. No firefighters were injured.

Plunk was transported to Asante Ashland Community Hospital and cited by the Ashland Police Department for driving under the influence of intoxicants, police said.

The cause of her alleged impairment remains under investigation.

Police said this week the results of a urine test have not come back from a laboratory yet.

Ashland-based Adroit Construction will repair Fire Station No. 1.

The company built the station and has the expertise to make the repairs, city officials said.

The Ashland City Council approved a contract for the repairs earlier this week.

— Vickie Aldous