Drunk driver strikes helicopters

Ronald Durham

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (WBBH) Vietnam veteran and auto mechanic Bill Gard has been working on restoring his rare UH-1 Huey Seawolf chopper for the past five years at his Punta Gorda, Florida shop.

“Yeah I guess it’s a labor of love. One day I got into it and I ‘m still doing it,” Gard says.

This week Gard was faced with a major setback, something that was out of his control.

Ronald Durham is accused of driving drunk and slamming into Gard’s beloved helicopter. Durham was reportedly behind the wheel of a truck when it veered off the road. The truck plowed through a chain link fence and right into two parked cars and two helicopters.

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