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Witnesses: Driver who hit fuel pump said he was Christ
By Seth Burkett
The Decatur Daily

Gary Cosby Jr./The Decatur Daily
Decatur Police arrest Zachary Matthew Minson after he crashed his car into a fuel pump at the Liberty 2000 station at the corner of 6th Avenue SE and 14th St. SE Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Minson yells "God" at the top of his lungs as officers put him in cuffs.

A driver who crashed his car in the Corr Wireless parking lot and uprooted a kerosene pump at the gas station next door claimed he was Jesus Christ, witnesses said.

Decatur police said the male driver of the red Toyota Corolla was intoxicated and officers arrested him for disorderly conduct following the 2:30 p.m. incident.

The man, identified as Zachary Matthew Minson, threw his head back and repeatedly screamed “God!” before falling down as police tried to take him into custody

“He was acting real weird,” said Brook White of Athens, whose parked car was struck when the Corolla knocked another parked vehicle into it. “He said his name was Jesus Christ.”

Police said the driver was northbound on Sixth Avenue Southeast and apparently swerved to avoid traffic stalled at the 14th Street intersection.

Witnesses said his car went through the entrance of Redstone Federal Credit Union, jumped a divider between the Redstone and Corr Wireless parking lots and never braked before striking the kerosene pump.

“It was so fast, I swear if I had blinked I would have missed it,” White said.

The manager of the Liberty 2000 gas station said the damaged pump will cost about $10,000 to replace.

Firefighters were putting down absorbent powder to dry up the fuel spill.

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