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Cary police: Drunken man slams van after hot dog dispute

Posted November 25, 2009
Updated November 26, 2009

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— A Cary hot dog vendor says an angry, drunken driver intentionally crashed into his van twice early Wednesday after he refused to sell the man a hot dog and drink for $1.

Police said that David Lance Kelbaugh, 23, of Rolesville, had been drinking before he left the Pure Gold Club, 301 N. Harrison Ave., around 2 a.m. and tried to order food at Fady Awad's stand outside the club.

Cary police: Drunken man slams van after dispute Vendor describes attack on hot-dog van

Kelbaugh told the vendor that he had $1 and wanted a hot dog and drink, police said.  "I was very nice to him, and I told him, 'You cannot do that,'" Awad said.

Kelbaugh then yelled at Awad, got in his car, rammed it into the vendor's van and ran into a brick column. But the driver wasn't done, Awad said.

"He go and make a reverse again, and he hit me one more time," the vendor said.

"I was inside. I just jumped and hurt and heard something in my neck click," Awad said. Police said Awad's back was injured in the crash. He was treated at a nearby hospital and released several hours later.

Awad said he was worried the propane tanks in his van would explode.

"(It was) very lucky, because I was inside very close to the tanks, very close to the gas," he said.

Officers pulled Kelbaugh over a short time later on Old Apex Road. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon, DWI, hit-and-run, injury to personal property and injury to real property. He is free on a $6,000 bond and will appear in court at a later date, according to court records.

Awad said he wonders who will pay for the damage to the customized cart in which he's worked for six years to support his family.

"All this is gone – the grill, the cash register," he said. "I work very had just to fix this car. This was my dream, and it's gone."

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  • cary1969 Nov 26, 2009

    the man is worried about his cart....guess he should have had insurance

  • dougalu Nov 25, 2009

    A hotdog from Fady Awad, it sounds discusting!

  • natebrew Nov 25, 2009

    how many grammar and spelling errors can you pack into one article?

  • Big Mike Nov 25, 2009

    Nothing like alchohol to screw up your life.....drugs are illegal, tobacco will kill you eventually, and the beer and booze is still cool in the mainstream of life...but in the end it will get you 10-20yrs with the soap droppers at the county prison. Please think the next time you order hotdogs at the club!

  • exwife1956 Nov 25, 2009

    Ain't it just like a drunk?

  • stopthehaters Nov 25, 2009

    yes my dream is for my family to sell overpriced hotdogs outside to customers of dens of pornography and prostitution.

  • nufsaid Nov 25, 2009

    He would have been better off to drop his dollar in a g string.

  • delilahk2000 Nov 25, 2009

    SWEETSEA THEY DO NOT LIKE TO POST MY COMMENT EITHER, WHICH ALSO ARE NOT VULGER.. I GUESS THERE ARE JUST SOME OF US THEY DO NOT LIKE WHAT WE SAY.

  • rtpduder Nov 25, 2009

    I wonder if Kelbaugh yelled "Ramming Speed", like in the movie "Animal House", before crashing into the vendor.

  • wildcat Nov 25, 2009

    He should have to pay for all the damages that he incurred and plus his license should be suspended for a long while.

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