SBI Investigating Fiery Crash After Cherry Point Marine Saves Man's Life

We have new details about the fire at the ABC store in Brunswick County where a Cherry Point marine is credited with saving the life of the driver who crashed into the building. The police department has asked the State Bureau of Investigation to step in to help.

Witnesses say Steven Early's truck was on fire when it hit the liquor store Tuesday night. Police have not been able to confirm that, so that's why the SBI is now assisting in the investigation. Early is charged with driving while impaired.

Investigators say more charges could be filed. Cherry point marine, Lance Corporal David Shouse, was driving by the scene and pulled the driver out of the vehicle.

A Cherry Point Marine is credited with saving a man's life after police say the man rammed his burning truck into an ABC store.

Investigators say Tuesday night- Steven Early crashed his burning truck into the store in Boiling Spring Lakes in Brunswick County.

Lance Corporal David Shouse drove by and saw Early's truck and the store on fire.

The fire chief says if the flames reached the alcohol- the store would have exploded, but firefighters quickly put out the fire and the Marine pulled Early to safety.

Early is charged with drunk driving.

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  • by M Location: G on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:09 PM
    He was on his way from looking at a boat to purchase. Not doing anything illegal or that would put him in the wrong with the Marine Corps. It's such a shame than in this community people are automatically so negative towards the military, especially Marines. Great job Marine, you put someone else's life ahead of your own safety. Not everyone would do that.
  • by B on Feb 17, 2012 at 06:48 AM
    returning from SC i see. 16 is the age of consent down there if im not mistaken... Wonder what his unit had to say, about being hours away that late at night. Could have been on leave, but he would have mentioned it as CYA and wanted the attention. If he was up to no good, he'd want them to forget that he was there and not give a statement or show his face on tv. which i witn doesnt show much detail anyways.
  • by Hello people, wake up on Feb 16, 2012 at 06:11 PM
    He was drinking at an ABC store. Does anyone but me have a problem with that? What has this country turned into.
  • by Former Marine Location: ENC on Feb 16, 2012 at 05:05 PM
    Awesome job, L/Cpl Shouse! So very proud of you!! Semper Fi!!
  • by gypsy's gmama Location: enc on Feb 16, 2012 at 03:02 PM
    The corp Brings good men. Don't judge the Marine Corp By a few bad eggs...
  • by gee on Feb 16, 2012 at 01:22 PM
    The Marines are always there when needed, around the world and in our own backyard. Good job Marine!
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      by Or... on Feb 16, 2012 at 02:23 PM in reply to gee
      if urinating on a corpse, pretending your a Nazi, or general bad behavior is needed, they are there too.
  • by Marine Daughter Location: Greenville on Feb 16, 2012 at 12:46 PM
    YAY Marines! They are always ready!
  • by AMD on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:10 AM
    As of right now there are only 8 comments on this story. If this had been a negative story there would have been many more with the "typical Marine" attached to them. Why does our society (especially in eastern NC) always comment on the bad but never the good?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2012 at 09:51 AM
    Read the article. It said he was driving by. I'm curious why the truck was on fire in the first place.
  • by george Location: onslow on Feb 16, 2012 at 08:45 AM
    Hay to why. READ THE ARITICAL:the marine was driving by not AT the store....
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