An allegedly intoxicated passenger grabbed the wheel of a moving pickup and steered it into a Chinese restaurant on the Northeast Side early Tuesday, where it ignited a fire that heavily damaged the eatery, San Antonio Fire Department and police officials said.(from the Express-News)
The blue 2002 Chevrolet truck had been headed north on Nacogdoches Road and crashed into the side of Chin San Chinese Restaurant near Wordsworth Street at about 1 a.m., bursting into flames, SAFD Battalion Chief Bill Bochat said.
Driver Jonathan Puga and his passenger Sean Gardner, both 33, were able to get out safely, police said. Puga was treated at the scene for minor injuries and released to relatives.
A police incident report states that Gardner was intoxicated when he called Puga to ask for a ride home. Puga had picked him up and was traveling down Nacogdoches when Gardner said he wanted to go to a female friend's house and yanked the steering wheel, police said.
They used to say, "Don't drink and drive." Now we might be hearing, "Don't drink and ride," instead.