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UPDATE: City of Red Wing identifies man arrested in crash

Damaged Red Wing building
Scene of crash, vehicle

UPDATE 2 p.m.: The City of Red Wing has identified the man arrested for a crash that damaged a long-time restaurant, and caused the partial collapse of the building where it was located.

According to a news release from the City of Red Wing, the man who drove a vehicle into the building on Wednesday has been identified as Donovan Plank, 28, of Red Wing. The City said officers could smell alcohol on Plank.

The City said Plank was seen crawling out of the vehicle's window, which had debris and bricks on top.

Plank was reportedly taken to the Goodhue County Adult Detention Center. The City said he is facing charges of 1st Degree Criminal Damage of Property and 3rd Degree Driving while Impaired.

The City said all occupants of the building were accounted for and unharmed.

“Liberty’s Restaurant is a Red Wing landmark," Mayor Dowse said in a news release. "The City of Red Wing will do all it can to ensure that this legacy restaurant will be back in business as soon as possible.”


RED WING, Minn. (FOX47) -- A crash shut down intersection in downtown Red Wing Wednesday night after a vehicle plowed into the building containing Liberty's Restaurant & Lounge a little before 10 p.m.

According to a Facebook post from the Red Wing Police Department (RWPD), officers were responding to a call on 21st Street. The officers encountered a vehicle near the intersection of Bush and 10th streets going at a high rate of speed.

The post goes on to state, by the time officers spotted the suspect vehicle again, it was at the intersection of Plum and 4th streets. The vehicle then crashed into Liberty's, at the intersection of Plum and 3rd streets, forcing the people inside to evacuate.

Facebook posts from the scene showed a partial collapse of the corner of the building facing the intersection.

RWPD says no one was hurt. The suspect was arrested and taken to the Goodhue County Adult Detention Center.

The intersection of 3rd and Plum streets will be closed until a structural engineer can inspect the building. US Highway 63 and Minnesota Highway 58 also run through that intersection.

The Red Cross is helping the building's displaced residents.

RWPD says the incident remains under investigation.

This is a developing story, stay with FOX47 for the latest.

Stevan Stojanovic

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