Sonic closed following health inspection, police investigating

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - TYLER, TX (KLTV) - East Texas authorities have confirmed that the Sonic located at 5611 South Broadway in Tyler is closed.

According to Brenda Elrod with the Smith County Public Health District, health officials inspected the Sonic after a person reported getting sick from a drink bought at the restaurant.

Elrod says the Health Department's visit resulted in a failed inspection and the Sonic's permit was suspended.

According to Don Martin with the Tyler Police Department, 18-year-old Keri Mitcham of Tyler reported illness after consuming a slush at the Sonic on Sunday, July 18th.

Tyler Police have confirmed they are conducting an open investigation to determine if any criminal offense occurred.

The following statement was released by Christi Woodworth the Director of External Communications for Sonic Corp.:

Based upon information provided to Sonic, the local health department and police department have opened an inquiry to investigate an allegation that the local Sonic Drive-In may be involved in a foodborne illness or food tampering incident.

The franchisee who owns and operates the drive-in immediately notified their insurance company to open an investigation upon learning about the allegation and before the health department or police department was involved. The franchisee is cooperating and communicating regularly with local authorities to with respect to this allegation. The investigation is not yet complete and the cause of any potential illness is not known at this time.

The health department's inspection this week found no issues relating to chemicals or hazardous materials in the drive-in. Unfortunately, other issues were identified that required the drive-in to be closed until all repairs and maintenance are completed. Local police have also informed the franchisee that the cause of any potential illness is unknown at this time.

At Sonic, food safety is one of our highest priorities. We pride ourselves on the tens of thousands of professional men and women who prepare safe and wholesome food and drinks every day for our loyal customers.

Sonic has been a part of the Tyler community for more than 20 years and we look forward to many more years of serving our loyal customers. We value the trust our customers have placed in us and we are committed to serving only the highest quality products.

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