Car Crashes Into Pawn Shop, Driver Calls 911

The vehicle went over the curb, flew over protective barriers, and landed inside the shop along Miramar Road

By R. Stickney and Brandi Powell
|  Thursday, Jul 19, 2012  |  Updated 8:26 AM PDT
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The driver of a new Nissan 350-Z lost control and drove into the shop in the 9500-block of Miramar Road around 1:30 a.m.

The driver of a new Nissan 350-Z lost control and drove into the shop in the 9500-block of Miramar Road around 1:30 a.m.

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A car crashed into a pawn shop along Miramar Road early Thursday seriously damaging the family-run business.

The driver of a new Nissan 350-Z lost control and drove into Fabert’s Pawn Shop in the 9500-block of Miramar Road around 1:30 a.m.

As the car was traveling eastbound on Miramar Road, the driver tried to turn onto Black Mountain Road according to the owner's husband.

That’s when the vehicle went over the curb, flew over protective barriers, and landed inside the pawn shop.

Nobody was inside the store at the time.

Officers performed a field sobriety test on the driver and then handcuffed him and placed him under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The owner's husband told NBC 7 it was the driver who called 911.

Barney Firks and his wife were then contacted by the alarm company who told them a vehicle was in the front of their store.

“I thought ‘Okay, maybe something on the side or something’ and then we pulled up in the lot, and the car was completely in front of the store… yeah, it was just disbelief," Firks said.

Firks said later today, the family should find out exactly how much damage was caused.

“We have two boys and this is our little family business, so this is a real hardship for us," he said. "We're probably going to be closed at least through this week, maybe next week.”

Firks said no items held in the store as collateral were ruined in the crash. Even so, Firks said his wife is upset.

“She's just got a lot of emotions. She's angry, she's worried about what's going to happen to her store, she put her heart and her soul into this store," he said.

"She's been doing this since she was 20 years old," he added. "This is what she loves to do. She loves coming here everyday.”

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