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St. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – Two people suffered minor injuries after a vehicle crashed into a grocery store on Rice Street in St. Paul Saturday night.

According to authorities, Rachad Depre Bizzell, 32, drove into the Winnipeg Grocery store, around 8:15 p.m. Saturday on 864 Rice St., near Como Avenue.

When officers arrived on the scene they found Bizzell lying on the ground next the driver’s door of his vehicle. A store clerk was also laying on the ground, surrounded by blood.

Bizzell and a store clerk were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

According to the criminal complaint, officers began questioning Bizzell about the accident at the hospital.

Bizzell told officers he had gotten angry when the person in front of him on the south side of Rice Street was driving “too slow.”

According to the criminal complaint, Bizzell recalled rear ending the car “a little bit” and then tried hitting his break, but grease on his shoe caused his shoe to slip and hit the gas causing him to drive into the wall.

Officers said in the criminal complaint that Bizzell appeared to be under the influence, but no alcohol was detected on his breath and he denied taking any medication earlier.

Police were able to obtain a search warrant for a blood sample which will be sent to Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for further analysis.

Bizzell has two prior convictions for felony DWI in 2007 and 2010.

He was arrested and had his license revoked three times from Nov. 2000 to June 2003 for having an alcohol content of .10 or more.

He also has five prior drug-related felony convictions.

Police continue to investigate what caused Bizzell to drive into the building.

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