SUV crashes into barriers outside Phoenix bar, alcohol likely a factor

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PHOENIX – One man is in police custody after plowing his SUV into some recently installed barriers outside a Phoenix bar early Friday morning.

It happened shortly after 3 a.m. at Wild Bill Saloon at Glendale and 27th avenues.

Two people were in the SUV when it jumped the curb and crashed.

Video from the scene showed the red SUV with a crunched front end nosed right up to the brick and glass wall of the building. It did not, however, go through that wall or even touch the building.

According to police, the driver got out of the vehicle and ran away. He was found a short time later in the back parking lot and was taken into custody.

"We were able to capture him before he got too far," said Sgt. Steve Rother of the Phoenix Police Department. "It definitely looks like alcohol was involved here."

Rother said the man, whose name has not been released, admitted that he had been drinking.

The driver suffered some minor injuries, as did the passenger in the car. Both men were taken to a local hospital.

The building was not damaged and nobody inside was hurt.

This is not the first time the bar has seen this kind of wreck. The bar owner had the barriers installed last week because of other incidents in which cars have crashed into the building. The most recent occurrence reportedly was just a few weeks ago.

Because the barriers did their job and kept the SUV from slamming through the wall of the bar, Wild Bill Saloon will be open for business as usual.