Police: Drunk Driver Found Asleep At Wheel After Driving Into Store
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ROSEVILLE (CBS13) – It was total destruction and accusations of a dangerous DUI collision after a car smashed its way through a local retail store.
Roseville investigators say the driver was so drunk that he was still sleep at the wheel when they got to the Radio Shack on Douglas Boulevard.
Fortunately no one was in the store at the time of the crash.
It was an early morning wake up call for a suspected drunk driver.
“Wow, that’s terrible,” said one area shopper.
Roseville police responding to a violent crash into a closed Radio Shack, only to find Joel Lamar fast asleep. He only recently turned 21 last month.
“People should not drink and drive,” the shopper said.
Police woke him up and promptly placed him in cuffs.
“He could have killed somebody,” said another shopper.
Sunday, CBS13 showed the video to local shoppers.
“I’m glad somebody wasn’t in there at the time,” said one man.
Police say Lamar had just exited the drive-thru of a nearby Jack In The Box around 2 a.m. Witnesses reportedly saw the SUV accelerate toward the electronics shop.
Salvador Campos was the one that served Lamar at the drive-thru. He says Lamar screamed at him for taking too long, calling him stupid before getting his food and taking off.
But, Campos says he didn’t know what happened next until later.
Lamar, meanwhile, was taken to a hospital and then the Placer County Jail, facing a drunk driving charge.
The Radio Shack is closed for now with boards up and obliterated merchandise. It’s all after police say a man left one drive-thru, only to create his own.
“That is amazing,” one woman said. “He’s lucky he didn’t kill anybody.”
According to a sign on the store door, it hopes to reopen in a few days.