Alleged drunk driver destroys family owned liquor store in Brookston

The owners of Brookston Spirits are picking up the pieces, and alcohol, after a drunk driver drove through their building.

Posted: Mar 9, 2020 12:01 AM

WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—The owners of Brookston Spirits are picking up the pieces, and alcohol, after an alleged drunk driver drove through their building on Sunday. Indiana State Police arrested 23-year-old Michael Stowers of Valparaiso after he crashed his Ford F-150 into the liquor store.

"You don't expect a phone call at 7:30 that your business has been driven through, said son of the owner, Todd Spille.

According to Indiana State Police they received a call early Sunday morning that a truck was erratically driving from Chalmers. Police tried intercepting the vehicle but-

"Before they could do that, he had ran through the liquor store, through the center of it,” said Spille.

Todd Spille is the son of the owner. His family owns four other liquor stores throughout the area. He said the building is a total loss.

"They went clear through the building,” said Spille. “Both sides of the building. Pushed a large cooler out, pushed over a large ice machine that was on the outside of the building."

Spille said it's an unfortunate incident. They've only been at this location four years.

"Every day that we're closed it's a day that we've lost sales, obviously,” said Spille. “So it's definitely going to have an impact on our revenue."

It's not just unfortunate for the business, but the employees as well.

"Disappointing,” said Spille. “You know, we have employees that are going to be out of a job until this issue is resolved.

All they can do now is move forward anyway they can.

"Needless to say it's a little shock,” said Spille. “But like anything else, you work through it and continue on."

Stowers refused to take a field sobriety test. A search warrant for Stowers blood was applied for and granted. Stowers was booked into the White County Jail and faces a preliminary charge of Operating While Intoxicated Refusal. Results from the blood draw are pending.

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