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Man arrested on DUI charge after crash into Walmart in South Pasadena

SOUTH PASADENA — A sport utility vehicle crashed into the front of a Walmart store late Wednesday in South Pasadena, bursting through a wall and causing thousands of dollars in damage.

The crash happened about midnight at the store at 6850 S. Gulfport Blvd., authorities said. Frank J. Lucero, 32, was behind the wheel of a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban at a stop sign in front of the building, according to Pinellas sheriff's deputies. When another driver pulled behind him, Lucero did not move.

The other driver flashed headlights and honked, but Lucero stayed immobile, deputies said. The witness wasn't sure whether Lucero was sleeping or looking down at something in his lap, but his head was down, a sheriff's spokeswoman said. The driver went around the Suburban.

Shortly after, the Suburban accelerated suddenly and crashed through the wall, deputies said. The front end of the vehicle went through the wall up to the windshield. Deputies said Lucero walked out unharmed.

It wasn't clear why Lucero lost control of the vehicle.

The crash damaged several cooler units in the store's produce section, deputies said.

Lucero's driving record includes citations for operating without proof of insurance and failure to obey traffic instruction devices.

Deputies arrested Lucero on a charge of DUI. Authorities said Lucero's blood alcohol level was 0.2 the first time he took the test, but was 0.189 the second. Florida law presumes a driver is impaired at 0.08 or higher.

Man arrested on DUI charge after crash into Walmart in South Pasadena 06/26/14 [Last modified: Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:09pm]
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