PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Police say a drunk driver crashed onto the roof of a Greenfield Giant Eagle early Saturday morning.
Officers were sent to the grocery store for a report of a vehicle on the roof around 4 a.m.
Police say the driver was speeding down Greenfield Avenue when he struck the curb at a bend in the road at Windsor Street. The vehicle apparently went airborne and landed on the roof of the Giant Eagle.
Employees were stocking items inside the store at the time of the crash. No one was injured, but police say “due to the nature of the accident and the location of the vehicle, it was highly likely that employees could have been seriously injured or killed.”
Water was leaking into the main part of the building when police were on the scene and a building inspector was assessing the damage.
According to a criminal complaint, the driver — identified as 55-year-old Bobby Lee Jones, of Forest Hills — was staggering when he got out of the car, his speech was slurred and officers could smell alcohol on his breath.
Jones failed a standardized field sobriety test, and a breath test showed he had a blood alcohol level of .123.
He was transported to the Allegheny County Jail when he was unable to provide police with the phone number of someone to pick him up.
Jones is facing charges of driving under the influence, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person.
On their Facebook page, Pittsburgh Police said, “Folks, a friendly reminder to NEVER drink and drive. We’ll find you if you do … especially if you end up on top of a Giant Eagle.”
This is at least the second time that a vehicle has ended up on the roof of the Greenfield Giant Eagle.
In 2016, the driver of an SUV lost control of his vehicle, went through a yard and went airborne. The vehicle slammed into a fence and a brick wall before landing on the roof of the Giant Eagle.