Alcohol Suspected as Contributing Factor in Liquor Store Crash
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- A man crashed his SUV into a local business just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, and now the owners are left to rebuild for the second time.
Meanwhile, the driver, described as a man in his 50s, is facing troubles of his own.
He was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence.
The SUV plowed into Pete's House of Spirits while two employees were inside.
Thankfully, neither was injured.
Although the official cause of the crash is still under investigation, authorities say they do suspect alcohol was involved.
"I saw him behind me. He was swerving just a bit, so I got in the other lane and right when he was on the other side of me he swerved and hit the building," said Rebecca Gerry, who was driving on North Avenue before the crash.
"I wasn't sure if the wall would actually fall in or anything, but looking at it now ... if he had just swerved to the left, we probably would have been hit," said Sarah Wilson, another witness.
The driver was transported to St. Mary's Hospital with unknown injuries.
The owner of the store says they had just started recovering their business after a fire closed them down over a year ago.
"To go over what we just went through with the fire and everything and to go through this again ... rebuilding the clientele was tough and we'll see if we can do it again," said Pete Martinez, owner of Pete's House of Spirits.
Martinez says they need to assess the damage to see just how long it will take before the store can reopen.