'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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Maryann Campling January 28, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Plastered! What a surprise.....thank God no innocent people were hurt, or killed.
C.V. January 28, 2013 at 10:09 PM
i am lol'ing at that quote!
Jeremiah Wright January 28, 2013 at 10:59 PM
I don't see the problem here. Its a "drive thru", so she decided to - um - "drive thru". Simply following directions, right?
C.V. January 28, 2013 at 11:16 PM
she said cheeseburger (lol again!)
C.V. January 28, 2013 at 11:28 PM
are you seeing $$$$$$$
Dawn January 29, 2013 at 03:53 AM
I was so sad reading this. Why would someone be drunk at this time of day unless they really need help... Then these comments made me laugh..Thank you!
Mister Mike January 30, 2013 at 04:30 AM
@Dawn. I don't understand your comment. Is there a right time of day to be drunk?
Mister Mike January 30, 2013 at 04:38 AM
@ C.V. If S. Kelly is seeing $$$ and pursues a bodily injury claim for his apparent back and neck injuries, the woman being DWI/DUI doesn't make her any more (or less) liable than if she were stone cold somber. She operated her car in a negligent fashion. That's what makes her liable, not that she was DWI/DUI.
Mia Hernandez January 31, 2013 at 02:31 PM
I know this woman she is my best friends mom and she wasn't drunk the stupid police never gave her a breathalyzer and just took a blood test that is going to take a month to see if she had alcohol in her system. so before everyone starts being judgmental ass holes they should freaking ask what really happened Media always blows things out of proportions if you guys had brains you would know that.
Mia Hernandez January 31, 2013 at 02:33 PM
they weren't professional they never gave her a breathalyzer. so if you think that is professional that's pretty sad and a low standard.
Mia Hernandez January 31, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Really these comments make you laugh? because her daughter is seeing these comments and she's not laughing. she wasn't drunk. the police didn't give her a breathalyzer so think and do actual research before you say these kinds of things. think of how this effects her daughter and husband.
Mia Hernandez January 31, 2013 at 02:45 PM
All of you should know that she wasn't drunk. I know her and she doesn't get drunk. She is my best friends mom and all of your comments are upsetting the whole family. so congratulations for upsetting a young girl her father and her mother clearly you are all upstanding citizens who never mess up or do anything wrong because you are all such perfect people. If you can't understand that this is sarcasm than your all dumb. Cuz this woman is a very nice polite mother and doesn't do these kinds of things. So I hope you all have fun in hell cuz you are all acting like you are perfect saints and you are not. Think before you put something on the internet because it is permanent.
Mister Mike January 31, 2013 at 07:56 PM
@Mia, blood test result show Blood Alcohol Count almost immediately. results don't take a month as you claim. your friend's mom was placed under arrest based on the result of the blood test done at the hospital ER. The probable reason the police didn't do a breathalyzer at the scene (if in fact they didn't), due the her complaints of pain in her legs and the priority of having her taken to the ER. Stop making excuses for her. She was drunk and it's very fortunate that she didn't hit anyone!
Mister Mike January 31, 2013 at 08:07 PM
stop making excuses for her. Just because her family is upset (they should be), doesn't take away the fact that she was DWI. Blood work shows alcohol level right away. It doesn't take a month. Also, how do you know the police didn't do a breathalyzer at the scene? If her blood level for alcohol wasn't over the legal limit she would no have been arrested. She is responsible for her actions. No denial of her drinking by you or her family is going to change that.
Mia Hernandez January 31, 2013 at 10:05 PM
@ Mike, actually the blood test results went to the state for testing not the hospital. They didn't do the breathalyzer when they have to. the pain wasn't so bad that she needed to go to the hospital so why couldn't they take 5 seconds to check her breath? she isn't even hurt anymore after like a day. she wasn't drunk. were you there?
C.V. February 01, 2013 at 12:11 AM
so being charged with 'driving while intoxicated' was just a mistake? i somehow doubt this!
Kelly H February 01, 2013 at 01:32 PM
"The lady doth protest too much, methinks." The police don't charge people with a DWI/DUI for no reason, the ER test showed her blood alcohol content was over the limit. Just because a person is a mother does not mean they don't get drunk. Unfortunately, many do, and MOST are excellent at hiding it, even from family. There are startling statistics that show just how many mothers are transporting their kids to afterschool events, sports, parties, etc while intoxicated and most families have no idea. ( For example: In 2010, 211 children were killed in drunk driving crashes. Out of those 211 deaths, 131 (62 percent) were riding with the drunk driver. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Traffic Safety Facts 2010: Alcohol Impaired Driving” Washington DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2011.) It happens. Hopefully this is her family's wake-up call and now that the problem has been discovered, she can move towards getting help for it. Good luck to her family
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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