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Lawmaker crashes car into store
Matheny says his dog was a distraction
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Pictured is the car of state Rep. Judd Matheny in a Tullahoma flower shop.
State Rep. Judd Matheny says his dog caused him to crash his car into a gift shop in Tullahoma.According to The Tullahoma News, Matheny's car careened through a parking lot and crashed into Martha's Flowers and Gifts because he was distracted by his dog. The flower shop was open, but police say nobody was injured in the Monday morning incident.Matheny told the newspaper his dog had jumped into the front seat of his 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis and he tried to brake but mistakenly hit the gas.Matheny represents the 47th District, which includes all of Coffee County and roughly one-third of Warren County. He was elected without opposition to a seventh term in November.In 2012, Matheny mulled a challenge to House Speaker Beth Harwell for the chamber's top leadership post after complaining of being marginalized in the No.