The front facade of Outlaw Body & Paint on Kalifornsky Beach Road undergoes repairs in Soldotna, Alaska, on Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. The building was hit by a car on Saturday night. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

The front facade of Outlaw Body & Paint on Kalifornsky Beach Road undergoes repairs in Soldotna, Alaska, on Monday, Dec. 19, 2022. The building was hit by a car on Saturday night. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Car crashes into local shop; Nikiski man arrested

Troopers were notified around 6:30 p.m. Saturday that a car had collided into the front of the business

A 28-year-old from Nikiski was arrested this weekend after Alaska State Troopers said he drove into the front of Outlaw Body & Paint on Kalifornsky Beach Road and then fled the scene.

Troopers were notified around 6:30 p.m. Saturday that a car had collided into the front of the business, causing “a large amount of damage.”

Sherise Jackson, co-owner and CEO of Outlaw, posted to Facebook at 9 p.m. pictures and security camera footage that showed the vehicle driving into the front of the building — the sound of breaking glass clearly audible. Jackson wrote that the car had destroyed the front door as well as the windows and asked the community to keep an eye out for the vehicle.

Troopers found the vehicle in Homer, according to the dispatch. They arrested Joseph Newton, of Nikiski, on charges of driving under the influence, third-degree criminal mischief, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and violating conditions of release.

On Monday, repairs were underway at the front of Outlaw Body & Paint.

Reach reporter Jake Dye at jacob.dye@peninsulaclarion.com.

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