Army Surplus owner stuck fixing wreck damage in the cold



Posted on December 4, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 8:00 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--A North Spokane crash that left a hole in a business could not have happened at a worse time. On Wednesday, the employees braved the cold because of the patched up hole at the Army Surplus store.

A car slammed into the Army Surplus store on Tuesday night on the corner of Division and Buckeye.    

The driver is a 27-year-old man. He faces multiple charges including reckless driving, eluding police and being a felon in possession of a weapon.

The owner of the store, David Arnold, said this is the fourth time someone has opened a hole in the store with a vehicle.
"The first thing I did was clean up, clean up everything. Part of this wall to up here was brick and that was all caved in,” said Arnold.

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There was a hole in the wall and bricks all over the floor. It was a mess Arnold had to clean up in the middle of the night. Arnold stayed up well into the morning to clean up the store.

"I'm lacking a little sleep, I haven't slept all night,” said Arnold.

Arnold keeps plywood inside the store for this very problem.

"I was bundled up and working hard,” said Arnold.

The cold weather made the clean up more of a challenge.

"Some of those bricks were stuck together,” said Arnold.

Arnold could still feel the impact of the crash Wednesday morning.

"Right here, down here, there's a big draft and after today I'm going to go and buy some thick insulation and stuff it down in there,” said Arnold.

Arnold said he may have to wait to permanently fix the mess if the weather does not warm up.

"I may wait till spring because in the winter time it's real cold, cement, it doesn't last long,” said Arnold.

Arnold was able to open the store on time on Wednesday.