'Runaway Car' Driver Charged with DWI in McDonald's Crash

The driver, Eileen Devine, was the only injury reported after she allegedly revved her car in reverse into the building Sunday evening.

A 58-year-old Audubon woman was charged with driving while intoxicated Sunday after allegedly reversing her car, full throttle, into the doorway of a busy McDonald's restaurant on Cuthbert Boulevard, according to Capt. George Tagmire of the Haddon Township Police.

Eileen Devine was also charged with careless driving after her 2001 Toyota Avalon allegedly roared into a brick wall enclosing a Dumpster before reversing at high speed into the side of the restaurant's brick wall and doorway at 7:34 p.m. Sunday. Devine was in the drive-through line at the time of the accident.

She was transported by ambulance to Cooper University Hospital in Camden after the accident, complaining of lower-leg pain. She was released from the hospital and police custody with a court summons.

There were no other reported injuries, but the McDonald's sustained damage to the trash barrier and the brick siding and barrier wall of the restaurant, and one other vehicle was hit during the incident.

Police said Devine couldn't immediately explain what happened. But Scott Kelly said he was an eyewitness. He posted a comment to an earlier story on the accident on Haddon Patch.

"Suddenly the car behind me went to full throttle and hit my truck with a horrible sound," Kelly said. "It then continued to accelerate across the parking lot next to me and crashed through a wall around the trash dumpsters. It then went into reverse, accelerated across the parking lot and crashed into the McDonald's.

"The engine continued to run at full throttle as I jumped out of my truck. I then realized it might come forward again so I moved my truck out of the way. I jumped out and told the guy in the other car to call 911 as he asked me, 'What the hell just happened?' He couldn't believe what he just saw either.

"I ran to the crashed car and was screaming to her to turn it off. She opened the window. I observed both her legs were pulled away from the pedals and the engine was still running at full throttle. I turned the key, it operated properly and the car shut off.

"She had no clue why it happened and said it accelerated all by itself when she put it in drive.

"All I wanted was a cheeseburger."

Tagmire said the only witness on the police report is listed as Sean Welsh and there was no comment from him about what happened.

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Mister Mike February 03, 2013 at 03:00 AM
@Mia Hernandez. RE: Your post to me about on Friday afternoon, Mia, I'll begin with the question you asked me at the end. Were you there Mia? Unless you were there you can't possibly give any facts. If you've read what I've said to date, I'm not presenting anything as fact about the scene of the accident. As far what I said about blood work taken at the hospital, it is fact that a person's Blood Alcohol Level can be determined within minutes of blood being drawn. I know this as I have relatives in the medical field including a MD, a RN and one that manages the phlebotomy unit at a major South Jersey hospital. When any blood is drawn a number of vials will be drawn depending on the tests needed. The blood that was sent to the State was for toxicology testing to check on drugs (illegal or legal) in you friend's mother's system at the time of the accident. Yes, you are right that the blood that went to the State will take a month for the results, but that's because it is for toxicology testing not for Blood Alcohol Testing. The hospital had already determined her Blood Alcohol Level and that was why she was arrested upon her release from the hospital. As to whether a Breathalyzer was taken at the scene, neither you nor I know that unless we while there and then right with her the entire time. Anyway, it's not relevant as blood work was completed.
Elizabeth Devine February 03, 2013 at 03:13 AM
My mother was never arrested. The fact tht I have all the facts means I know more than you, so you should shut it because you have no prove about what exactly happened.
Mister Mike February 03, 2013 at 04:43 AM
Your mother was charged with driving while intoxicated and with careless driving. You mother was released from the hospital and police custody at the same time. Therefore your mother was being held by the police. I interpreted your mother being held by the police and subsequently released by them them as having been arrested. That said, the police would have not charged her with DWI if the blood work haven't shown a blood count over the level limit in NJ Unless you were in the car at the time of the accident, were right with your mother the entire time the police talked to her, right with your mother the entire time she was being transported to the hospital, right with your mother every moment at the ER, then you do NOT have all the facts. I don't either and I never said I did. I don't have any proof as to what exactly happened, and neither do you. The bottom line here is that you mother was the driver in this accident and has been charged with DWI.
Elizaeth Devine February 03, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Wow really? my dad was w her pretty much the whole time. N if u said u dont got all the facts then why do keep acting like u do. She was never arrested. N yea she was charged but doesnt mean she was actually drunk. N i know she wasnt. So unless u got the facts u can shut up, k thanks.
C.V. February 04, 2013 at 03:14 AM
she was charged but not actually drunk? whaaaat? i am sure this is a difficult time for your family but denying the facts, and subsequently that your mother clearly has a problem, isn't going to help ANYONE.


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