Car smashes into Salvation Army building in Phoenix

Authorities say the vehicle jumped the curb off Washington Street, went straight through the landscaping and the Salvation Army building's glass double doors.

The driver was lucky that he ran into the glass doors rather than the brick wall.

Police say a 28-year-old man was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Dispatchers at the VIP Taxi Center next door to the Salvation Army said the collision sounded like a loud boom or perhaps boxes falling off of a truck.  They claim to have seen the car slam into the building, the driver get out of the vehicle, then apologize and stumble around asking for water.

"He even told me that he had been drinking, which was pretty apparent," said James Scarpa, a witness at the scene. "Normally, with things like this, you hear braking or something and really it was just some muffled noises and then a crash. We're just in the building right here. It's a very unfortunate situation."

The road is clear and open, so there are no traffic issues in the area. 

As for the building, Phoenix Police say it is safe and there is no worry about it collapsing.

The part of the building the car crashed into is also a Goodwill Service area and it was hit the hardest.

Police are investigating if alcohol was indeed a factor in this case.

VIDEO: FOX 10's Courtney Griffin reports from the scene near 27th Street and Washington.


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