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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Driver charged with DWI after crashing into liquor store

BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) — A Boiling Spring Lakes man is charged with drunk driving after investigators say he drove into a liquor store last night.

Boiling Spring Lakes Police charged Steven Dale Earley, 52, with DWI after the crash that started a fire at the ABC store at 3130 George II Highway just before 9 p.m. He could also face property damage charges.

Earley reportedly had to be pulled out of the burning truck by a bystander. He was taken to the hospital. His injuries are unknown, but they are not believed to be life-threatening.

Firefighters had the fire out by 9:45 p.m., but heavy smoke was still coming from the store. The building suffered significant damage.

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