South Euclid Police report DUI arrests made after drivers cause accidents while waiting in a fast food drive-thru are not completely uncommon.
In fact, police report two drive-thru DUIs just this year. Police say both drivers were allegedly intoxicated and caused significant damage with their vehicles.
Police arrested 37 year-old Peter Scorzino after he hit two vehicles and then crashed into the McDonald's restaurant, located at 4500 Mayfield Road.
Police say Scorzino admitted to drinking beer before the crash. According to the police report, Scorzino told officers he had a medical condition that causes his legs to go numb, and that he was wearing slippers while behind the wheel.
Scorzino reported his slippers fell off his feet causing the accident, but police said his blood alcohol level was over the legal limit.
Police also arrested Latanya Williams after an accident at the Taco Bell, which occurred on Mayfield Road, as well.
Police says Williams was also allegedly driving while intoxicated when rolling her car up over another vehicle in front of her, causing a chain reaction collision with another car in the drive-thru.
South Euclid Police Sergeant John Camper told newsnet5.com that driving while intoxicated can be just as dangerous while in a drive-thru as it is while on the road.
"You've got to stop and think that you are in a vehicle that weighs several tons at least," said Camper. “If you put the power of the motor behind it and it [the vehicle] goes into motion, it could cause some very significant damage and injury."
Scorzino told newsnet5.com by phone he has hired an attorney and plans to fight the charges against him.