Driver disrupts dinner at restaurant

December 16, 2008 7:43:42 AM PST
Dozens of patrons at a southwest Houston restaurant got a big surprise when a car came crashing through a wall.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

"I saw the guy going crazy in the parking lot," said eyewitness Jennifer Nguyen.

It happened at the popular Los Tios restaurant on Beechnut near West Loop in Meyerland. Investigators say an 85-year-old man parked in front of the restaurant, became disoriented, and reversed his red SUV into four cars. He then put it in drive and slammed into a Kinko's truck, forcing it through the restaurant wall.

"There is smoke in the air, people are running around and nobody got hurt," said Los Tios General Manager Ronnie Hallenberger.

Two people were taken to the hospital. The elderly man has not been charged with anything but the investigation is still underway.

The restaurant's owner says he can't re-open until a construction crew checks out the stress fractures in the wall to make sure it doesn't have to be completely replaced.

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