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Drunk Driver Sends Car Through Gas Station Window

December 26, 2013, 4:58 PM by Jared Ransom

Drunk Driver Sends Car Through Gas Station Window

Just as she was about to head to bed on Sunday night, Shop N Cart manager Tamara Wulm received a frantic phone call that would lead to a very long evening.

"I got a call at about 11:55 from my employee that says that somebody went through the building. So, I just threw my clothes on and came down and seen the mess," Wulm said.

She arrived at the store on E. 6th St. to see a car sitting inside the front window, the rack of liquor tipped over and glass everywhere.

"I was just so upset and then I called the owner just bawling.  And I think he thought I was lying, but I wasn't," Wulm said.

The timing of the crash is a bit unusual for this gas station, as this latest incident brings with it a feeling of December déjà vu.

"It happened last year.  Instead of the 21st, it happened on the 23rd this year.  And last year they got one window and this time they took out three windows," Wulm said.

Wulm made a quick trip to Wal-Mart to buy a tarp and duct tape so they could patch up the hole, and the gas station crew worked through the night to get the store back in working condition.

It took Wulm and her staff about four hours to put up the block and the tarp, and all she's thinking about is that this situation could've been so much worse.

"I know at the time, there had been a customer that was just in the liquor aisle maybe 15 or 20 minutes before that, but if he would've waited longer, he could've been in that aisle, someone could've got really hurt," Wulm said.

The worst-case scenario was avoided, and once the glass is replaced, Wulm just hopes that she doesn't have to deal with a similar situation again.

An estimate on the damage is unknown at this time. According to Sioux Falls Police, the driver of the car, Chandra Rai, was arrested at the gas station for driving while intoxicated.

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