Man crashes into store

5:18 PM, Mar 15, 2013   |    comments
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RIVERDALE, Utah (KSL) -- An admittedly intoxicated man was arrested Wednesday after driving erratically through the parking lot of a Home Depot store.

Dale Arave, 38, told police he had consumed 1/8 gallon of whiskey before crashing his large pickup truck through bushes, a light post, storage sheds and swing sets displayed in the parking lot.

After he saw the truck take out a stop sign, Home Depot shopper Brent Packer caught most of the incident in a cellphone video, which Ebert called "a great piece of evidence."

"I thought he had just swerved off the road to avoid an accident or something, and he then continued to peel out his tires and to drive over the curb and bushes and little trees," Packer said. "I decided to pull up a little closer next to the sheds, and that's when he kind of started to turn towards me."

Packer said that while he made eye contact at one point with the other driver, he never thought Arave would come for him.

Nevertheless, he said his hands shook as he took the video, grateful no cars or pedestrians were hit.

"I could tell he wasn't stopping and calming down," Packer said. "He kept doing damage. That's why I thought, 'This could get interesting.'"

Arave was taken to the hospital with minor injuries and later booked into the Weber County Jail.

According to court documents, he was later charged with criminal mischief, a second-degree felony; failure to respond to officer's signal to stop, a third-degree felony; and interference with arresting officer, a class B misdemeanor.

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