A New Bern father is facing a driving while impaired charge after police said he backed his car halfway into a convenience store Wednesday night, all while his three-year-old son was in the backseat.
Sergeant Jason Williams with New Bern police told WITN the crash happened at the Super Stop convenience store on Neuse Boulevard, near Chattawaka Lane, around 7:30 Wednesday night.
Sgt. Williams said 36-year-old Taul Kap backed his car all the way around the building, then propelled into the store backwards with his trunk barely missing the checkout counter.
Two store clerks and a customer were inside at the time, according to police.
Kap's son was also buckled in the backseat of the vehicle.
Officers said people nearby who saw the whole thing stopped Kap when he tried to flee, grabbing the keys from the ignition.
No injuries were reported, though Sgt. Williams said the female customer was taken to the hospital after suffering what they believe was a panic attack.
Kap is now charged with DWI, child endangerment, hit and run, and no operators license.
Police said Kap was released to a sober family member after being charged while the three-year-old boy went home safely with his mother.
This instance marks the second time in less than a week that a New Bern driver has been charged for crashing into a building.
Last Friday morning, police said Charles Dietz ran his car into the Post Office on Glenburnie Road.
Investigators said Dietz reported his car stolen, though he was the one who drove it into the building an left it. Dietz was charged with filing a false police report, hit and run, and defacing a public building.
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