Second time in two days: Car slams into a St. Paul storefront

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A car crashed through the storefront of a small grocery store in St. Paul Saturday night, leaving a gaping hole in the wall and injuring three people, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The crash occurred about 8:15 p.m. at the Winnipeg Grocery on the corner of Rice Street and Winnipeg Avenue. The driver, a man, was the only occupant of the car. He suffered minor injuries, along with two store employees who were hurt by broken glass, according to the Star Tribune.

Police have not released the identity of the driver, and have not yet determined why he drove into the building, said KARE 11.

The car was towed away from the scene about an hour after the accident, and the hole in the wall of the store was boarded up.

The owner of the store, Jawad Almaliki, along with several other men had begun to clean up the mess of broken glass, cigarettes and food that had fallen to the floor, according to the Pioneer Press.

One of Almaliki's friends said the wreckage reminded him of when he lived in war-torn Iraq. "We have seen worse than this before," he told the newspaper.

It's the second time in two days that a car ran into a building in St. Paul. Early Friday morning the driver of an SUV ran his vehicle into the Bulldog, a bar and restaurant in Lowertown. At least six people, including the driver, were injured. The vehicle was being pursued by the State Patrol when the driver lost control and crashed into the building.

Matthew Michael Damman, 31, of Little Canada, was charged Friday with fleeing police and five counts of criminal vehicular operation.

Damman, a type 1 diabetic, blamed his low blood sugar levels for the accident. He was unresponsive after the crash, but his blood sugar was tested after he regained consciousness and it was "well below normal," the criminal complaint said.

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