Woman cited for DUI after driving through restaurant wall
URBANA — No one was apparently injured Friday night when a woman drove her car through the wall of an Urbana fast-food restaurant.
An Urbana police report said Leslie C. Srajek, 47, of the 1000 block of Harmon Street, Urbana, ran through the north wall of the McDonald's at 1705 Philo Road, U, about 7:40 p.m. A witness said she knocked over at least one booth and another table then tried to back out.
Srajek was taken to Carle Foundation Hospital, where she was treated and released. She was issued tickets for driving under the influence of alcohol and not having a valid driver's license. She is due in court May 16.
Her car, a Honda coupe, was listed as a total loss.
Kate Garbacz of Urbana said she was in a vehicle on Philo Road headed south when she saw the northbound Honda in the middle turn lane, almost at a stop.
"The Honda was close to a stop then (the driver) gunned it and crossed into the McDonald's parking lot entrance and accelerated quickly," she said.
Thinking she was about to see an accident, Garbacz also pulled in the McDonald's lot but maintained a safe distance.
What she saw next was the Honda's passenger side bounce off the curb at the Chinese restaurant to the north of McDonald's then make an abrupt turn to the left and run through the side of the McDonald's.
"It looked like it accelerated, cut the wheel, no slowing, no attempt at stopping, just boom, straight in," she said.
"She went over that parking hump and the sidewalk and literally took out that whole wall. The car was three-quarters of the way into the dining room," said Garbacz.
"My immediate concern was for the welfare of anyone in the dining room," she said, adding she saw only employees but no one that looked like a customer in that area, which is closer to the back of the building near the restrooms.
And after crashing through the wall, Garbacz said the driver tried to back out.
Garbacz, who called 911, said a police officer told her later that no one was injured.
The building was boarded up Friday night but was open for business on Saturday.