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Couple Threatens Lawsuit, Claims Wedding Ruined At Story Inn
Updated August 31, 2015 7:20 AM
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(STORY) - A Clarksville couple claim their dream wedding was ruined after the owner of the Story Inn in Brown County crashed the celebration and drunkenly hit on the bride and while drunk drove the couple's three daughters around in a golf cart without their permission.

Chris and Ashley Whitfield are now threatening to sue owner Richard Hofstetter. Ashley says Hofstetter approached her more than once after the ceremony, hitting on her, despite her attempts to ignore him.

"He said he wanted to take me home with him and said things that he would do to me," Ashley says. "It was extremely inappropriate,'" she added.

After fending off his advances, Ashley alleged he then propositioned her 68-year-old mother.

The couple asked him to leave after they learned from other guests that he had been driving around their children in a golf cart drunk.

"And he said, 'I'm the owner of this place'," Whitfield said. "And I said, 'We paid a lot of money for this venue, I don't want you here'."

Former Story Inn catering employee Elizabeth Burris said she had to step in to try to help calm the situation.

"The wedding party just kept saying, 'Just get him out of here, that's all we want'," she said. "I could not get him out of there until finally I physically had to muscle him, he was so drunk, I was stronger than he was."

A Brown County Sheriff's deputy was called to the scene. Police say Hofstetter failed a field-sobriety test and smelled like alcohol.

No arrests were made, but the deputy referred the case to the prosecutor. The bride and groom, the wedding party and family and friends left around midnight after police arrived and questioned everyone. They checked into the Comfort Inn in nearby Nashville.

The couple has threatened a lawsuit and want a refund for their wedding day.

Brown County Prosecutor Ted Adams, a friend of Hofstetter's and also the recipient of a campaign contribution from him, forwarded the report to a special prosecutor in order to avoid a conflict of interest.



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