Truck crashes through wall of South Anchorage sushi restaurant
A truck crashed through the wall of Ronnie Sushi late Monday night, resulting in extensive damage and the arrest of the driver, 50-year-old Nickolas Gialopsos.
The restaurant’s owners announced the crash on Facebook Tuesday morning, saying the business would be closed for a few days.
“We had a big disaster yesterday,” they wrote. “A crazy driver drove into the restaurant and broke all the things inside..even our customer photos.”
In a Facebook comment, the owner’s of Ronnie Sushi assured concerned customers that the fish kept in a tank inside the restaurant were safe.
Anchorage police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said the crash was reported around 11:45 p.m. at the Jewel Lake Road location. She said Gialopsos waited at the scene to talk to police and even consented to a blood draw, although Castro noted he did not show initial signs of impairment when officers spoke with him.
Castro said no one was injured in the crash, including Gialopsos.
Gialopsos was taken to the Anchorage Correctional Complex following the crash under charges of third-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and failure to carry proof of insurance. His bail was set at $500 cash and $1,000 cash corporate.
“Speed is believed to have been a factor in the crash,” Castro added.
The truck, a white Sierra pickup, was impounded as evidence, according to Castro. She said the investigation into the crash is ongoing.
KTVA spoke with owner Ronnie Lee, who declined to comment.
KTVA 11’s Nick McDermott and Shannon Riddle contributed to this report.
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