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WATCH: Witnesses detain alleged drunk driver who crashed into Bardstown Road business

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In this video sent to WDRB, people waking nearby when the crash happened stop the driver, who appears to be leaving the scene. In this video sent to WDRB, people waking nearby when the crash happened stop the driver, who appears to be leaving the scene.
While the driver caused more than $10,000 in damage, the store's owner says he's just glad no one was hurt. While the driver caused more than $10,000 in damage, the store's owner says he's just glad no one was hurt.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Za's Pizza Pub shut down early Sunday morning when a car ran through the front door, but if it weren't for a few witnesses, the owner says the man responsible may have gotten away. 

People walking by pulled out their phones after they saw the crash on Bardstown Road. The man behind the wheel drove his car into the front entrance of Za's Pizza Pub.

With the driver apparently trying to leave, people nearby quickly stepped into action. Police were called and arrived at the scene minutes later.

We're told 41-year-old Benjamin Stimler was on his way home from the Hideaway Saloon when he drove his black Mazda into Za's.

Officials say his breath smelled of alcohol, his speech was slurred and he was unable to maintain balance during a sobriety test.

Stimler was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, criminal mischief and failure to provide proof of insurance.

Meanwhile, the owner is left to pick up the pieces.

"I've seen accidents out front on Bardstown Road but never this close to home," said James Rigby, who has owned the business for 20 years. “I had been in the Highlands most of the day, enjoying my birthday and had made it home for the night and then I got the call about this.”

While the driver caused more than $10,000 in damage, Rigby says he's just glad no one was hurt.

But it was a close call as an employee was mopping the floor nearby when the front door came crashing in. 

“He could have ended a life or seriously hurt someone,” Rigby said.

The driver may have gotten away if it weren't for those witnesses.

“His first instinct was obviously to flee and the fact that it was somebody here recording it, Za's definitely thanks the people that were here and were definitely able to stop and contain him” said Rigby.

Stimler has been released on bond and is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning.

Za's reopened Monday afternoon. 

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