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PLANO -- A 22-year-old man has been arrested for driving drunk into a group of pedestrians and leaving the scene.

Police say on April 17 around 10:30 p.m., Benjamin Kevin Newman drove into a parking lot on northbound Central Expressway, hitting four people. He left the scene but was later caught by police.

Two of the pedestrians had minor injuries. The other two were taken to a local hospital. One is in serious condition and the other has life-threatening injuries.

Olivia Casas had a view Thursday night of the police lights from across Central Expressway at the store where she works.

'My coworker was like, 'Oh my gosh, what's happening at The Hangout?' And that's when we saw it,' Casas said. She said there were police cars, fire trucks, and an ambulance in the parking lot of the Hangout Patio Bar and Grill.

Witnesses tells News 8 Benjamin Newman was at the bar on Thursday night. Matt Naylor was also there at the time, but left just before the alleged hit-and-run occurred. Naylor said his friends witnessed the moments leading up to it, however. He said Newman was 'being difficult' with bouncers at the bar.

'Was he noticeably intoxicated? To my knowledge, no,' Naylor said as he looked over the crime scene. 'When the bouncers came to confront him about leaving the premises, that's when this happened.'

Casas told News 8 several friends had witnessed the accident. They say an agitated Newman got into his car and circled the parking lot before hitting the four people in the lot. It is unclear if Newman lost control of his vehicle or if this was in a fit of rage.

Friends told Casas that people at the scene had run into a nearby restaurant, screaming for a defibrillator.

'She said she was scared, and that they tried to revive him, and she was really distraught,' Casas said.

Plano Police spokesman David Tilley said Newman was arrested at Spring Creek, which is not far from the initial scene.

Newman was charged with driving while intoxicated and causing an accident involving injury. He is in the Collin County Detention Center with a bond of $110,000.

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