Police probe after car hits Heights pharmacy


Arlington police are investigating after a motor vehicle crashed into another car and then into a Walgreens pharmacy at 1425 Mass. Ave. on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Police and fire responded at 7:20 p.m. on for a report of a motor vehicle crash. Soon after arrival, investigators determined that 53-year-old man backed his minivan out of a parking spot at the pharmacy, hit another vehicle, reversed course, accelerated into the building and accelerated again, striking a retaining wall.

The building was not significantly damaged, but the force of the impact was enough to knock items from the shelves of the store.

The driver was evaluated at the scene but declined further treatment. No one else, inside or outside the store, was hurt, police said.

No charges have been filed at this time, and the investigation is ongoing.

"Our preliminary investigation indicates that the driver may have become disoriented and confused," Chief Fred Ryan said in a news release. "Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt last night."

Walgreens was the site of an accident last Dec. 16, when a Salvation Army bell ringer soliciting donations was injured after a crashed into the front door.


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This report was published Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015.