SOUTH UNION TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A 23-year-old man was taken into custody by state police today after a hit-and-run crash in the parking lot of a Fayette County Wal-Mart and barricading himself inside one of the store’s bathroom stalls.
State police say Ryan Springer, of Martin, Pa., was arrested Saturday morning on driving under the influence charges in the men’s restroom of the Wal-Mart in South Union Township.
According to state police investigators, it all started in the store’s parking lot where the 1999 Chrysler sedan that Springer was driving crashed into a steel storage unit at the back of the building.
State police say Springer is accused of driving “at a high rate of speed through the Wal-Mart parking lot.”
Both the storage unit and the vehicle were damaged in the crash, officials said. The impact destroyed the front of the car, and tore open the storage unit and moved it about three feet.
After the crash, investigators say Springer is accused of backing up and heading towards Route 40. However, authorities report that they were able to follow the path of the vehicle, which was leaking engine fluids – leaving a trail “from the point of impact to the position of final rest.”
State police say once the car stopped in front of the Wal-Mart, Springer got out and ran into the store. Officials say a several people witnessed the incident and were able to give police a description.
State police say they found Springer barricaded in the handicapped stall of the men’s restroom inside the store. That’s where he was arrested.
Springer was taken by ambulance to the emergency room of the Uniontown Hospital for treatment of injuries he suffered in the crash. There is no word on his condition.