BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) ––– An Ascension Parish business owner was shocked to find a car crashed into the front of his building early Sunday morning.
Kevin Diez owns the catering company Chef KD’s, and when he received a call early Sunday morning, it wasn’t to cater an event but a much bigger order.
“I get a call at 2:06… Ascension Parish dispatch says, Hey Mr. Diaz, someone ran into your building, and we just want to make you aware of it, you need to come on out,” according to Diez.
State Police say around 1:00 AM Sunday, a drunk driver crashed into the building, causing significant damage to the main office.
The driver, Cuauhtemoc Diaz Perez, was treated at the hospital, where he was later arrested on DWI charges.
The passenger was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Diez says he is thankful no one was in the building at the time of the crash. “Thank God he didn’t kill somebody. I’d much rather someone hitting my building than hit somebody head-on,” Diez says.
But he says this is not the first time this has happened, “about 30 years ago, a gal tried to miss a cat crossing the road, drove through the building on the other side.”
He says the repairs should only take about two weeks, and his catering business will carry on. “We might be calling a few customers and find out what’s their invoice because it literally took out the office, computer, and the billing. The good thing is all the work that’s coming up is on my desk. It didn’t mess with my desk,” Diez says.
Despite the extent of the damage, Diez says, “It’s only brick and mortar, and it can be repaired, and we’re going to make lemonade out of lemons.”
“God’s got it. He’s got all of us, you know, we’re never bigger than what happens to us, and he carries us through it. So if there’s any lesson to that, that’s all I can tell you,” Diez says.
For more information on Chef KD’s, visit their website HERE.