Minnesota man faces charges after bar car crash

A car crashes into a bar. While that might seem like the beginning of a lame joke, it was no laughing matter for patrons of a St. Paul bar. They got the shock of their lives when a minivan suddenly crashed through the building. Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured in the car crash.

A 31-year-old man faces charges for criminal vehicular operation and fleeing from police after causing an accident just before midnight on April 30. He was driving erratically on Interstate 61. Someone called the police to report the man. A trooper found the van and attempted to pull over the driver. The man instead kept on going. He exited an off ramp and drove a block before slamming into the Bulldog Restaurant and Bar.

The van ended up in a window frame, wrapped around a support beam. The driver was slumped over, intoxicated and suffering from low blood sugar. He admitted to marijuana use hours before the crash. His blood alcohol content was 0.022. He was hospitalized for his injuries.

The van had smashed into a table of five people. They all suffered personal injury, but only three required medical attention. Their injuries were not severe, ranging from scrapes to stitches. All were released the following morning.

There have been a growing number of incidents where drivers crash into buildings. These include restaurants, retail stores and even daycare facilities. These can be scary situations for all involved, as many victims have wound up seriously injured or even killed.

When a person’s negligence causes a crash and injuries, the victims may be able to receive compensation for damages through a personal injury lawsuit. There are numerous compensatory and emotional damages available such as lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering.