DUI Suspect Crashes Through Liquor Store Wall
Police said David Teolis, of Turner Avenue slammed into a Cranston Street restaurant and drove through a wall at A&T Casali Liquors.
A 68-year-old Cranston man is facing charges of driving under the influence after he crashed into two buildings in the same parking lot yesterday afternoon, police said.
According to witnesses, David Teolis, of 67 Turner Ave., was in the parking lot at the shopping plaza at around 2:30 p.m. when he drove through the bushes just outside the A&T Casali Liquor store. He then put it into reverse and drove across the parking lot, striking the front doors to Honk Kong Buffet.
"After slamming slamming into the restaurant, Teolis put the vehicle in drive and accelerated across the parking lot, slamming through the brick wall of the liquor store," said Cranston Police Major Robert W. Ryan.
Responding officers found Teolis in his 2009 Ford Escape where the vehicle came to a rest after crashing through the wall. Police said he was still revving the engine. Officers shut the engine off and quickly determined Teolis was under the influence due to slurred speech and because he "continually questioned why he was being detained."
Teolis consented to a blood sample at Rhode Island Hospital, which has been sent to the Rhode Island Department of Health for analysis and results should come back in a few days, police said.
Based on the observations of police, Teolis was charged with felony driving under the influence, second offense and is scheduled to appear in District Court on July 7.
“We are thankful that there were no injuries to report as a result of this incident. This accident took place in the middle of a busy Father’s Day afternoon, and we are extremely fortunate that with all the holiday vehicular and pedestrian traffic in and out of this plaza, no one was injured," Ryan said.