Drunk driver ends up on Greenfield Giant Eagle’s roof after crash

By Amanda Klein | September 23, 2018

A Forest Hills man faces DUI and six other charges after Pittsburgh Police allege he crashed onto the roof of the Greenfield Giant Eagle Saturday morning while driving drunk.

Bobby Lee Jones, 56, faces DUI, four counts of recklessly endangering another person and several traffic violations, according to online court records.

According to a criminal complaint, just before 4 a.m. while traveling at a high rate of speed on Greenfield Avenue Jones lost control of his vehicle while negotiating a turn, struck a curb and landed on the roof of the Giant Eagle.

Several overnight Giant Eagle workers who were in the store were evacuated. No injuries were reported.  However, according to police they could easily have been injured.

“Due to the nature of the accident and the location of the vehicle it was highly likely that employees could have been seriously injured or killed,” the complaint said.

After medics checked Jones and determined he wasn’t injured, police gave him a standard field sobriety test and took him into custody.

The complaint alleges Mr. Jones’ blood alcohol level was .123, according to a breathalyzer test.

“Folks, a friendly reminder to NEVER drink and drive. We”ll find you if you do…especially if you end up on top of a Giant Eagle,” Pittsburgh Police posted on its Facebook page.

Mr. Jones was taken to the Allegheny County Jail after he refused to tell police his name. He has since been released and faces a preliminary hearing on Oct. 2.

Amanda Klein can be contacted at amanda.klein@grantstreetnews.com

 

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