HIGHLAND, Calif. (FOX 11) - A man was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence Wednesday after crashing his pickup truck into a bar in Highland, authorities said.
The truck crashed just after 12 a.m. into the Party Doll bar, located in the 25000 block of East Baseline Street in Highland.
According to CalFire, one of their fire engines spotted what they described as a “driver in distress” a few blocks away from the bar.
“The guy was asleep in his vehicle, in the middle of the road, and they put the lights on him and he took off,” Bar owner Connie Clough told FOX 11.
The fire department followed and moments later say they witnessed the driver slam into a passing car with children inside and then jump the sidewalk, and crashing straight into the bar.
The driver was later identified by authorities as 19-year-old James Dailey.
There were 11 people inside the bar at the time, but witnesses said none of them were standing near the wall where the truck crashed.
Four people though were treated for injuries, with three were taken to a nearby hospital -- including Dailey.
Those inside the other car were not injured, police said.
Daily was taken to the hospital complaining of shoulder pain but was later released and booked on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The building was red-tagged by authorities, leaving Clough wondering if the business she built from scratch will ever be rebuilt.
“It hurts. That right there, that’s a lot of damage,” she told FOX 11. “I don’t even know if it’s repairable.”