Police: Driver drinking before gas station crash

WISH Photo/Kevin Ratermann
WISH Photo/Kevin Ratermann

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — Police investigators believe a driver had been drinking alcohol and was speeding when his car went out of control and crashed into a gasoline station in an eastern Indiana city.

The 45-year-old driver and a 23-year-old passenger were in serious condition at a Dayton, Ohio, hospital from injuries they suffered during the weekend crash in Richmond.

Police Lt. Don Benedict tells the Palladium-Item that the crash scene and debris field spread for 500 feet around the Speedway station.

The crash caused a brief fire at the fuel pumps. The station was closed Monday as crews tore down the damaged canopy over the pumping area.

Police say the driver had a blood-alcohol content of 0.22 percent, nearly three times the state’s 0.08 percent legal limit to drive.

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