LUMBERTON — Police were able to follow a trail to the home of a man they say plowed his vehicle into the back of a local restaurant while driving drunk either late Thursday or early Friday.
On Thursday employees of Captain D’s, a seafood restaurant at the intersection of Fayetteville Road and Roberts Avenue, arrived at work to discover the back storeroom of the building had been destroyed. Police believe that sometime after the restaurant closed on Thursday at 10 p.m. a westbound vehicle on Roberts Avenue veered left, exited the highway and struck the building.
According to police Maj. Tommy Barnes, police were able to follow a trail of fluid that had been leaking from the damaged vehicle after the accident to a location near the driver’s home.
Once police discovered a full-sized white pickup truck with obvious body damage at the end of the trail, they were approached by a man identifying himself as the driver, who Barnes said immediately confessed to causing the damage, as well as driving while intoxicated and driving without an operator’s licence.
Asmar Coutino Dominques, 22, of 86 Arabia Road, is charged with reckless driving, hit and run and driving without an operator’s license. Barnes said he was not charged with drunken driving because police had no evidence, but that he had admitted to driving while intoxicated. He was taken to the Robeson County jail.
“[The truck] did receive damage,” Barnes said, “but not nearly as bad as you would think looking at the building.”
The Lumberton Fire Department has determined that Captain D’s restaurant remains structurally sound and the restaurant was given the clear by Environmental Health Director Cindy Council to reopen for business on Friday 5 p.m. The restaurant normally would have opened at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
Jeffrey Graham, the supervisor of the store, said he did not know how much monetary damage was done to the building.