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Car crashes into Raleigh tobacco shop

Posted October 25, 2014 9:47 p.m. EDT
Updated October 26, 2014 3:04 p.m. EDT

— A car crashed into a tobacco store on Calvary Drive in Raleigh Saturday evening, witnesses said.

Customers and employees were inside the store, in the 3100 block of Calvary Drive, when the driver drove into the building. The building sustained about $5,000 in damages, but no one was injured, investigators said.

Police arrested Albert Lee Parcell, 21, of 4901 N. New Hope Road. He was charged with injury to real property and was held on a $1,000 bond.

According to witnesses, several men left the scene after the crash. Parcell, however, stayed and was arrested.

Samuel Pearsall worked at the barber shop next door. Based on what he saw before the crash, he believes it may not have been an accident.

"I heard a commotion outside, and the next thing you know I saw some guys come up and try to jump another guy," he said. "He tried to pull off and they were kicking his door, and he just came back and tried to hit him with the car and ran right into the building."

Pearsall said he sometimes comes outside for a break in the very spot the car crashed.

"It's a good thing nobody got hurt," he said.