Drunk driver crashes into Hillcrest pet shop, arrested

A Gillette man has been charged with driving while intoxicated after he reportedly lost control of his vehicle Saturday and crashed into a local pet shop, Gillette Police Lt. Brent Wasson said.

Officers were dispatched to the 600 block of S. Butler Spaeth Road around 7:10 p.m. after receiving a report that a vehicle had crashed into Hillcrest Pampered Pets, per Wasson.

The investigation revealed that an intoxicated 26-year-old male had lost control of a beige Ford Mustang after suddenly accelerating, crashing the vehicle into the wall of Hillcrest Pampered Pets and a planter in front of the shop door to De La Cruz Produce, Wasson said.

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A 22-year-old male working inside De La Cruz Produce heard the initial crash and came outside to see what happened and saw the Ford Mustang coming directly at him, per Wasson, who added that the 22-year-old’s foot was injured when the Mustang struck the planter which then pushed the door into him.

The Mustang then continued until it struck a 2008 Chevrolet pickup. In total, the damage from the crash was estimated to be over $1,000.

Officers arrested the 26-year-old male for driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, and driving without proof of insurance.