Suspected drunken driver Anthony Cisneros, 28, is facing a list of charges after he allegedly tried to run from officers and crashed his car, causing damage to a 50-year-old West side business.
The car broke through the front brick wall of the Casino Bar in the 1500 block of W. Poplar.
San Antonio police said officers had spotted Cisneros speeding on Interstate 10 around 2 a.m. Wednesday.
When they tried to stop him, police said Cisneros sped off and exited the highway at Colorado Street, then lost control of the vehicle on nearby railroad tracks.
The car was sent barreling into the business, which Robert Salazar has owned since 1963.
About eight hours later, Salazar was still cleaning up the mess with the help of some friends.
"I think that we're going to open tonight anyway,” he said. “We're going to try to fix it the best we can right now.”
Salazar, who turns 80 in May, insisted on doing a lot of the back-breaking work himself, removing heavy bricks and broken glass from the front of the building.
Even though his business was left in pieces, Salazar used his sense of humor to keep himself together.
"Somebody got drunk and tried to get into the place. I think so,” he said, joking that someone had tried to add a drive-through.
To police, though, it was no laughing matter.
They arrested Cisneros on his second charge of driving while intoxicated, as well as evading arrest.
Police said he also had outstanding warrants.