Alleged drunk driver crashes pickup into Phoenix police station

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PHOENIX – A suspected drunk driver is in custody after crashing his pickup truck into a cement wall at the downtown headquarters of the Phoenix Police Department early Thursday morning.

According to police, the man lost control of the Chevy truck and plowed into a cement wall at Seventh Avenue and Washington Street. The truck flipped over and hit the steel gate to the employee parking lot of the police department.

As it rolled, the pickup hit a retention valve, which sent water spewing into the street. That water line, which was for landscaping but did not supply water to the building, has since been turned off.

The driver got out of the mangled pickup truck and tried to run away.

Some plain-clothes officers who were reporting for work saw what was happening and chased the man. They eventually caught up with him and took him into custody. They said the man was screaming and cussing as they detained him.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries. No information about those injuries was immediately available.

Police believe the man was intoxicated at the time of the crash. He is also being tested to see if he was under the influence of drugs, as well.

Once he's released from the hospital, the man will likely face a variety of charges, including DUI.