Suspected drunken driver 'doing doughnuts' crashes into Dollar Tree

Rene Belmarez Maldanado charged with DWI; damage to store estimated at $100,000

SAN ANTONIO – Police said a suspected drunken driver who was showing off his new pickup truck crashed into a store early Thursday morning.

Rene Belmarez Maldonado, 35, is charged with DWI, police said.

Maldonado had just left a bar near Loop 1604 and Culebra Road around 1:30 a.m. when his lost control of his pickup in a shopping center, police said.

"Well, it looks like he was doing doughnuts in the parking lot, and the parking lot's well-lit early in the morning, and somebody who didn't know what they were doing was having fun," property manager Wayne Harwell said.

No one was injured in the crash, police said.

The store is closed while the mess is being cleaned up.

Damaged was estimated at $100,000.

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