GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) - An Upstate brake shop was smashed into early Saturday morning as part of a car collision, dealing extensive damage to cars and tools inside.
FOX Carolina multimedia producer Matthew Ablon was on his way home from downtown Greenville when he happened on the scene on Laurens Road around 2 a.m.
The front windows at a Brakes 4 Less appeared to have been smashed into by a car, causing extensive damage to the front windows and garage door.
Our crews on scene observed a silver car being removed from the scene. Crews later drove and parked that silver car outside from the shop.
Later, crews were observed pulling the sedan out and loading onto a truck to be taken from the scene.
Later in the morning, a Brakes 4 Less employee talked with FOX Carolina about what happened. According to him, surveillance footage shows a car driving fast enough from Woodruff Road to go airborne in the shop's direction, missing a grassy median outside. When the car crashes into the shop, it strikes the silver BMW and sends glass and wood flying into the shop.
The car only stops after hitting a back wall, but in the process it struck toolboxes and a lift used to work on cars.
The manager notes shrapnel from the initial collision damaged the Audi SUV parked inside along with a truck that was also in the shop.
Later Saturday morning, Greenville Police clarified what happened.
According to officers, 21-year-old Joderric Freeman was driving down Woodruff Road around 1:50 a.m. when he truck a vehicle at an intersection near Laurens Road.
The person who was hit was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police say Freeman the traveled into the Brakes 4 Less business, causing significant damage. He has since been charged with DUI and temporary bond has been set.
The owner of the shop says the store plans to be open for work first thing Monday, August 12. He shared with us video of the new interior of the shop along with surveillance video of what happened.