Five people were hurt and four were sent to the hospital – one with major injuries – after a driver slammed into the side of Jack’s Pizza Café on Union Road on Sunday.
The driver, identified only as a 34-year-old woman from Oakland, was driving a white Tesla Model Y at a high rate of speed.
Manteca Police believe the speed could have been as high as 100 miles per hour when they ran a red light, became airborne, lost control of the vehicle, jumped the curb, and slammed into the restaurant while patrons were eating inside.
There were two children inside of the Tesla as it careened through the building. Fortunately, they did not suffer any injuries.
Authorities determined that the woman was operating the vehicle while under the influence. They took the woman into custody on charges of DUI and felony child endangerment.
While vehicles striking buildings isn’t entirely uncommon, the Tesla came to rest fully inside of the restaurant – and crashed through a booth where people were eating dinner.
The initial dispatch call noted that one person was pinned against a counter by the vehicle. They were ultimately freed.
One of the injured people was an employee of the restaurant, but they declined treatment or transport to the hospital.
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