Driver charged with OVI after car crashes into Fairfield gas station

A Fairfield gas station must rebuild once again after a vehicle plowed into the building early Monday morning.

This is the second time in less than 14 months that the Dixie Gas Depot, 4871 Dixie Highway, has sustained catastrophic damage. Lightning from storms on Aug. 3, 2015, sparked a fuel tank explosion there, sending a fireball skyward and leaving behind a 40-foot-wide crater.

The latest incident happened at 2:14 a.m. Monday, when a Chevrolet Impala crossed two lanes of traffic and struck the front of the building, according to Fairfield police officer Doug Day, spokesman for the department.

“We respond and she’s standing there outside the vehicle. She says she’s not hurt,” Day said of the driver, 25-year-old Kaitlin Kirby, of Hamilton.

Kirby, who told police she swerved to miss a motorcycle, was charged with failure to control and operating a vehicle while impaired after a breathalyzer test showed her blood alcohol content to be .155, nearly twice Ohio’s legal limit, Day said.

An estimate of damages was not yet available, he said.

Gas Depot owner Harmit Singh could not be reached for comment.