SOUTH PASADENA – A St. Petersburg man was arrested for DUI after crashing into a Walmart store in South Pasadena at midnight Thursday, June 26.
According a report from Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Frank J. Lucero, 32, drove his 2001 Chevrolet Suburban into the front of the Walmart at 6850 Gulfport Blvd.
According to deputies, Lucero was in the parking lot at a stop sign directly facing the front of the store. A witness who was in a vehicle behind Lucero, told deputies they noticed Lucero was not moving. The witness blew the horn, flashed lights and when the vehicle still did not move, drove around it. The witness then parked. As the witness walked towards the store, they saw Lucero accelerate suddenly and crash directly into the building.
Deputies said the front of Lucero’s vehicle went into the structure all the way to the windshield. Lucero stepped out of the vehicle uninjured.
The vehicle crashed into the produce section, causing thousands of dollars in damage to the structure and to several cooler units in the store. No persons in the store were injured. A wrecker assisted in pulling the vehicle from the structure.
Deputies conducted a DUI investigation and Lucero was subsequently arrested for DUI.