ARLINGTON, Tenn. — A car crashed into a local coffee shop Tuesday afternoon.
Around 3:00 p.m. a van ran into the front of Crave Coffee Bar and Bistro, located in Arlington.
Several injuries were reported and two minors were transported to Le Bonheur in non-critical condition, according to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office twitter.
At this time it is unclear what caused the driver to crash.
SCSO tweeted that preliminary information suggests the driver suffered a medical emergency.
The driver was also transported to a local hospital in non-critical condition, according to SCSO.
The passenger in the van fled the scene, but was later arrested on a felony theft of property warrant, according to Capt. Buckner, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office PIO.
Captain Buckner did not share any details on the man’s relationship with the driver.
Within a couple of hours, people were working to board up the front of the shop. People offered supplies and labor to get the shop up and running.
Shawn Patterson was one of the first people to get a call that something went wrong at the shop.
"I heard something bad had happened. As the news kind of funneled in, I learned what was going on. I took charge and started calling up people I know, said Patterson.
FOX13 spoke to manager Hannah Halford who said she’s thankful that no one was seriously injured.
“It could’ve been worse but I am so thankful that the injuries that happened were somewhat minor,” Halford said.
The store was forced to close, but locals pitched in to help get the store back up and running.
“Arlington has rallied around to put this place back up in no time... this is truly what Arlington is about and we are so thankful more than ever to be a part of this town because this is what it’s all about,” said Halford.
By the end of the night the front of the building was boarded up so the business could stay open.
“This is a little home town staple in the community. Everybody knows crave and everybody knows Hannah and what she does for the community. Nobody had to be asked for anything, everybody just stepped up,” said Patterson.
This incident is still under investigation.
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