• 'I am sleepy because I am drunk': Man arrested after crashing car into Memphis shopping center


    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - One person was arrested, and another was rushed to the hospital after a multi-vehicle accident caused a car to crash into a Memphis shopping center.

    According to police, the crash happened around 7 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Lamar Avenue and Kimball Avenue. 

    After the two vehicles collided, police said one of the cars involved crashed into the Stop and Save convenience store at that location.

    Investigators identified Edward Golden, 56, as the person responsible for the crash. 

    According to a police affidavit, officers said Golden had watery eyes, slurred speech and an “odor of intoxicants on his breath.”

    When police asked Golden if he had been drinking alcohol that night, he admitted to drinking three 24-ounce cans of Miller High Life. 

    He was taken to Regional One to be evaluated. Police said while walking into the hospital, Golden told officers, “I am sleepy because I am drunk.”

    Golden was arrested on multiple charges, including DUI, public intoxication, and reckless driving. 

    FOX13 talked with the store owner Nabil Sharhan about the accident. He said the car went through half of his business. 

    “It’s bad, it’s very bad. I could have hurt. I was there and if I was right there than maybe I would be dead,” said Sharhan.

    According to MPD’s crime mapping system, there were more than 660 incidents within a one-mile radius of the store. There were more than 100 reports for simple assault, more than 90 for vandalism and more than 70 for shoplifting.

    Sharhan said crime has gotten worse over the past year. 

    “I don’t know, this year it just changed,” he said. “I’m just trying to make a living to feed my kids. I got seven kids.”

    Golden will be in court on Friday morning.

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    Investigators said one man – who has not been identified – was taken to Regional One in critical condition after the incident.

    The details surrounding what caused the initial crash are still unclear.

    Also, in the areas surrounding where that crash happened, MLGW reported there were more than 9,000 customers without power. Power was fully restored about an hour later.

    Officials did not clarify if the crash was related to the outages.

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