VALLEY, AL (WTVM) - Shards of glass and car parts were everywhere Saturday night at a Valley Burger King. That's because a GMC pick-up truck crashed into the fast food joint during a high speed police chase.
Around 11:30 PM, Valley's Police Chief Tommy Weldon says a patrol officer pulled the truck over on Highway 29 for speeding.
Behind the wheel: 28-year-old Brandon Doler from Opelika.
When the officer got out to give Doler his ticket, police say he sped off. As the pursuit picked up, Doler lost control.
"As the officer went through an intersection, he saw a cloud of dust ahead of him and as he traveled further north, he found that the vehicle that he had been pursuing had left the roadway and had struck the Burger King building. He was traveling approximately 100 miles per hour before he left the roadway," Chief Weldon said.
Only the restaurant's drive-thru was open at the time of the crash so no customers were inside and no employees were hurt.
As for Doler, his car landed up on its side- half inside the building, half outside the building, taking a big chunk out of the side of the Burger King. Doler was pinned in his truck and police say firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to get him out.
He was airlifted to the Columbus Regional Medical Center with what police say were non life-threatening injuries.
When asked why he fled, the Chief says Doler's reason was simple.
"The only statement that he made to the officer was that he just didn't want to get a ticket. We've had vehicles hit residences before but I don't recall ever seeing one enter an open business like this," Weldon said.
Brandon Doler faces several traffic violations and attempting to elude a police officer.
The accident remains under investigation by the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
Management at the Valley Burger King tells WTVM it's still not clear how much damage the crash caused but the restaurant remains open for business.