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Rep. Matheny drives car into Tullahoma flower shop

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TULLAHOMA, Tenn. (AP) - State Rep. Judd Matheny says his dog caused him to crash his car into a gift shop in Tullahoma.

The Tullahoma News reports that Matheny's car careened through a parking lot and into Martha's Flowers and Gifts on Monday morning.

Matheny said his dog had jumped into the front seat of his 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis and that the lawmaker tried to brake but mistakenly hit the gas.

The shop was open, but police say nobody was injured.

Matheny in 2012 mulled a challenge to House Speaker Beth Harwell for the chamber's top leadership post after complaining of being marginalized in the ceremonial No. 2 position as speaker pro tempore.

He ended up abandoning that challenge but was defeated in his bid for another term as speaker pro tem.

Information from: The Tullahoma News, http://www.tullahomanews.com

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