A man will be booked on suspicion of driving under the influence after crashing his pickup truck into a parked BMW and a bar in Highland Wednesday morning, authorities said.
The incident began about 12:15 a.m. when a fire truck pulled up to a vehicle that appeared to be in need of assistance, Cal Fire Highland Battalion Chief Grant Malinowski said.
The driver, later identified by authorities as 19-year-old James Dailey, decided to speed away from approaching firefighters but ended up crashing, Malinowski said.
A parked BMW that was occupied by a man, woman, and two young children was hit by the Nissan pickup truck and sent careening into a pole, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release.
The car's occupants were evaluated by medical personnel at the scene but were gone by the time deputies arrived, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
After the crash, the pickup truck continued down the street and headed toward a nearby building.
Firefighters could still see the vehicle as it drove through the side of a local bar at the intersection of East Baseline Street and Alamo Street.
About 15 to 20 people were inside the Party Doll bar when the vehicle crashed into it, Malinowski said.
Video from the scene showed the black pickup truck completely inside the building.
“It was just a bunch of dust and debris,” bartender Kelly Smith said. “It hit so hard … to me it felt like a bomb went off,” he said.
Fortunately, none of the bar’s patrons happened to be along the wall that the pickup truck went through.
Dailey was transported to a local hospital complaining of shoulder pain. He will be booked for driving under the influence once he is released from the hospital, the Sheriff’s Department stated.
Investigators said they would like to get a statement from the man and woman who were in the BMW. They were asked to contact the Sheriff’s Department’s Highland station.