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DUI Crash Creates About Half a Million in Damages

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Cleanup began at Midway liquor in Mandan today after a truck slammed through the building over the weekend.

What started out as a quiet night quickly turned into the scene from a movie after the driver of this truck crashed into the liquor store.

"We have it on our security cameras, and it was like an explosion when it hit that door. I mean it was like a bomb went off and he traveled all the way back and he hit the interior wall of our trophy company. More than 100 feet back, so you know the velocity he was coming through there," says Midway Lane's owner Jim Mellon.

The crash damaged nearly all the liquor in the store. Mellon says they are currently estimating about $60,000 in lost product. With total damages around a half a million.

"We have walls that have been compromised. We have flooring that needs to be replaced, ceiling, wiring and plumbing. We have two meeting rooms down, we have two bathrooms down, we have walk in coolers that are damaged," says Mellon.

The liquor store will be closed for about three months, but the owner says they won't need to worry about their paychecks.

"They're special people. Employees are the lifeblood of any business. We've got great employees, and we're not going to have them standing outside looking in saying, 'Gee, I wish I had a check.' They will get paid," he says.

But for now, they're just going to pick up the pieces and continue to be thankful no one was killed.

The driver of the truck, Bruce Lipp was cited for a DUI and transported to Sanford hospital. Police say prior to driving into the liquor store he struck a vehicle on Memorial Highway. No one was injured in that accident.

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