MOUNT VERNON — Truck drivers missing turns in Mount Vernon and ending up in the east end happens occasionally. On Wednesday afternoon, a driver with a long 53 foot truck trailer finally stopped on Frary Court off East Chestnut Street. Driver Jason Endicott, Butler, explained he was southbound from Mansfield on Ohio 13 bound for Heath.
Endicott told the News he missed the turn south onto South Mulberry Street, drove halfway around Public Square and out East High Street. By the time he reached Edgewood Road, he realized he was way off course. With some difficulty he made a left turn on Edgewood Road and drove the one block to East Chestnut Street.
A patrolman with the Mount Vernon Police Department caught up with Endicott on Chestnut Boulevard after he narrowly missed a utility pole on East Chestnut Street and took out a street sign on Chestnut Boulevard.
The tractor-trailor, which was hauling scrap steel, stopped on the lawn of Judy Smith’s home. Smith said she has seen this scenario in her neighborhood before and that perhaps route signs in the city could be upgraded so out-of-town drivers can better maneuver through the city.
Endicott was cited for improper use of streets with a commercial vehicle.