Drunk Driver Crashes Into Irish Pub: Police

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    Man is charged with DUI after crashing his SUV into the Irish Pub in Atlantic City.

    Police say a drunk driver crashed into a popular Atlantic City bar over the weekend.

    Donald Preston Jr., 56, of Pleasantville allegedly crashed his SUV through the front of the Irish Pub on the 100 block of St. James Place around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

    The owner of the pub told police that Preston was inside the bar prior to the crash and was visibly intoxicated.

    “He walked in and he put his coat on the stool,” said Tracy Talley, the manager of the pub. “He walked to the bathroom and he came back out and pulled the chair back like he was gonna sit down. Our owner was kind of like, ‘no,’ and then he just put his coat back on, smiled, and waved.”

    After going back into his car, police say Preston crashed his vehicle into the bar. Investigators suspect the icy parking lot played a role in the crash.

    No one inside the bar was hurt in the accident. Preston was arrested and charged with DUI and other related offenses.

    Irish Pub is currently closed as workers continue to repair the front wall of the building.