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A car crashed into the West End Walmart

Two people were taken to the hospital after a car crashed into the West End Walmart on Jan. 10.


The driver of a car that crashed into the West End Walmart on Tuesday night is facing drunken-driving and felony criminal endangerment charges.

Billings Police Sgt. Scott Conrad said that at about 7:20 p.m., a Pontiac Sunfire driven by 32-year-old Steven Barnhart, of Billings, was headed northbound through the Walmart parking lot, at 2525 King Ave. W. Witnesses told police the car was speeding and that the driver appeared to be unconscious before the crash.

The car jumped the sidewalk, crashed head-on through an outdoor chain-link fence area — containing shelving and display cabinets — and hit the south side of the building, just east of the home and pharmacy entrance.

The impact knocked out an oval section of the building's outside wall. Conrad described the damage as extensive.

Nobody inside the building reported any injuries.

Conrad said that Barnhart and a juvenile male passenger were taken by ambulance to a Billings hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

After he was released from the hospital, Barnhart was arrested on suspicion of DUI, felony criminal endangerment, driving with a suspended license and not having insurance, Conrad said.

He was then booked into the Yellowstone County Detention Facility.

The two young males, including the one taken to the hospital, in the car were cited with minor in possession.

A second man who was in the car ran away from the crash before police arrived. Police later found him. Billings Police Lt. Jeremy House said the man is being interviewed, and to his knowledge no charges will be filed.

American Medical Response and the Billings police and fire departments responded.