Police: Driver drinking a beer slammed SUV into Albany gas station

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Repairs are underway to a local food mart after police say a drunk driver slammed into the brick siding.

It happened early Tuesday morning at around 1:15 a.m. at the corner of Quail Street and Clinton Ave in Albany.

Police say the driver was coming from Quail Street heading towards Clinton when he crossed over the yellow lines went up and over the sidewalk taking out a no parking sign.

Surveillance cameras from a business across the street capture the jaw-dropping video.

At  12:59 a.m., the lights go out at the IBB Food Mart/Sunoco. Cell phone the owner’s son closes up the shop, gets in his car and drives away and minutes later.

“They just left. Two minutes later and the car came. I said you know what, thank god. Whatever happened now is nothing compared to what could’ve happened if my son got hurt,” Faisal Nagi said.

His son is not the only one counting his lucky stars. There were also a few people strolling along the sidewalk not long before the red Chevy Equinox jumped the curb.

The driver narrowly missing the station’s gas pumps too.

“Once the first call came, I checked the cameras. I see the car inside. I’m like, I don’t believe it until I get here.”

Police say it was 54-year-old Lonnie Robinson behind the wheel with a beer in hand.

The owner says he watched as police pulled beer cans out of the vehicle after they extricated the driver.

“We saw a couple beers that was there.”

He was taken to the hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Robinson is now facing a slew of charges including criminal mischief, DWI, consuming alcohol while driving and imprudent speed.

“That driving, the way we saw on camera, he was flying.”

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