A Jefferson County man is charged with attempted murder after authorities say the man, irate because a gas pump wasn't turned on
, threatened to kill the service station clerk and then drove his truck into the store.
, 49, pulled into the BP service station on Alabama 75 in Pinson about 6:45 a.m. Sunday. Moments later, he stormed into the store and told the clerk, "You are going to die and go to Hell,"
said Jefferson County Chief Deputy Randy Christian.
The service station, Christian said, has a pay first policy. Mayes had not paid first, so therefore the pump had not been turned on.
Mayes then went back to his 2001 Ford Explorer, drove away from the pump and pulled up toward the building. He revved his engine and then, at a high rate of speed, drove through the plate glass window and into the cashier counter and the coffee counter.
When sheriff's deputies arrived, Mayes initially refused to get out of truck. When he did, Christian said, he charged at a deputy
. The deputy tried to hit the suspect with a stun-gun but missed
. A second deputy succeeded.
"It's a fact that we deal with some bonafide nuts day in and day out,"
Christian said. "This incident certainly lends support to that fact."