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Cops: Drunk driver crashes through Bessinger's barn

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WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) -

Police have arrested a 21-year-old man accused of crashing through a barn at a barbeque restaurant in West Ashley.

The Charleston Police Department charged Max Joseph Graber with driving under the influence.

Around 2:17 a.m. on Monday, police responded to Bessinger's Barbecue on 1602 Savannah Hwy in reference to a vehicle crash.

When the responding officer arrived at the restaurant's parking lot, he saw a Ford F-150 truck with heavy front end, driver side damage and Graber bleeding from his left ear.

A police report states that the truck left the roadway, went through the parking lot and destroyed a parking lot cinder block before taking out a pillar that supported the barn. .

Restaurant owner Tommy Bessinger said he was surprised no one was seriously hurt or killed.

"He landed on the other side of the parking lot. He went straight through the  barn and I'm really surprised he made it out okay. But I was told his truck was totaled," Bessinger said.

Authorities say some wooden furniture in the barn, which is an outdoor eating area, was also destroyed.

Graber was then treated by EMS personnel and transported to the hospital.

Graber said he went to a bar that night for a party and drank four beers. Graber told the officer that as he was driving home, he thought a red sedan had struck his truck causing him to lose control of his truck and wreck. Graber said that he closed his eyes as he went off the road.

Police say Graber had a strong odor of alcohol coming from him as he spoke.

The suspect then complied for a blood sample. He was then released from the ER and locked up at the Charleston County Detention Center.

Bessinger said the barn has been at the restaurant since 1974 and is considered a landmark. He plans to fix it right away.

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