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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Marine credited with saving alleged drunk driver who crashed into liquor store

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BOILING SPRING LAKES, NC (WWAY) -- Investigators say a drunk driver is to blame for a fire at a liquor store last night. Meanwhile, a Marine is being called a hero for pulling the driver from the burning truck and building.

"The truck was completely on fire, so I parked my truck, put on the caution lights, and I ran up to the other truck, and there was a guy who was trying to get out of it," Lcpl. David Shouse, a Marine at MCAS Cherry Point, said.

Shouse happened to be driving through Boiling Spring Lakes on his way home from buying a boat when he saw the fire at the ABC Store on George II Highway.

"I kind of like grabbed his arm, pulled him out of the truck and he landed on the ground on his back," Shouse said. "About that time I put my arms under his arms and I grabbed his chest area and I pulled him back to the other side of the parking lot."

The driver, Steven Earley, may be lucky to be alive, but he's also charged with DWI. Police say he could face more charges as their investigation continues.

The crash set the ABC store on fire. Firefighters say it's a good thing their station is so close, because the mix of alcohol and fire could have made things a lot worse.

"The potential was definitely there for an explosion, and with the flamable liquids that were inside the building and none of them were damaged," BSL Fire Chief Chris Grace.

ABC Chairman Marty Kesmodel says the store was closed at the time. He's happy no one else was hurt.

"Where the truck went through the store is normally where we have a clerk, so yes that could have been tragic," Kesmodel said.

Shouse says he's not a hero. He says he was just following his natural instincts.

"I'm just glad he's OK," Shouse said of Earley. "As long as he's OK, everything's good."

Police say Earley had some burns and was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released.

No word yet on when the store will reopen.

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Leland, Boiling Springs Lakes, Brunswick County, whatever...

it is the same mentality. It is the same old story. Bored, nothing to do. Small town bulls--t.. We could read a book or help Habitat For Humanity. Nah- let's just get drunk and run into a tree. I am sorry for those who lost a loved one- but it is what it is.

Lcpl. David Shouse

Good job Lcpl. David Shouse. Thank you for your service and thank you for saving this man's life.

Our daily dose of Irony

A drunk crashes into the State liquor store. Unbelievable anywhere but in Brunswick County.

Buddies Jack, Jim and Evan......

Here is an update......
Jack Daniels, Jim Beam and Evan Williams are recovering from minor burns. Captain Morgan was out at sea on the Cutty Sark at the time of the crash and was not injured.


Please tell me that Johnny Walker is OK???

That's a good one...which reminds me

How do you tell the difference between a Baptist and a Presbyterian whom you know in the local ABC store?

The Presbyterian will say "hi" to you.

Why should you...

Why should you always go fishing with two Baptists instead of one? If you go with two Baptists they'll drink none of your beer, but if you go with one he'll drink it all.

At least the drunks are harming themselves...

instead of killing innocent people who had nothing to do with their horrible life's choices.

Why is no one asking the

Why is no one asking the important question??

Is the booze okay?????

What isn't in the story is

What isn't in the story is that a young Marine was first on the scene and pulled the driver to safety from his burning vehicle.

Thank you Marine for being

Thank you Marine for being there.

Absolutely, the story should

Absolutely, the story should have been more about the person that pulled the drunk out of the burning store.

Guess a burnt ABC store draws more publicity than a pic of a guy who saved someone elses life.

Hot time

They were having a hot time in BSL.

ABC store crash

Boiling Springs ABC first store to try the beta version of Drive through window.

In other news a widespread

In other news a widespread breakout out of the dt's has been reported in the Boiling Spring Lakes area.

I guess the addicts will

I guess the addicts will have to drive to Southport for a while.

ABC Store Sale

Is it possible this may be the first ABC Store in the state to hold a Fire Sale?


How about a drive thru? Brew thru as some others call it.

Tree, Liquor store, whatever,

The best plan for drinking is to lock the door, stay home and do whatever you and any other consenting adult would like to do. If you live in an apartment, it would be a good idea to do it as quietly as possible

Redneck Capitol

Just a year or so ago I gave up calling Leland the Redneck Capitol of the world. Damn it they had to go and prove me wrong again.


Thank God that there are still some people out there who have a sense of humor.

Sounds like a country song to me

"Just burning for your love and my first drink" Whichever comes first.