Vehicle crashes into Dunkin’ Donuts entryway in Paris

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Officials prepare to have a car towed from the entrance of Dunkin' Donuts on Route 26 in Paris on Thursday morning. Driver Maria Whitney of Norway was not hurt in the crash.

PARIS — Police Chief David Verrier watched Thursday morning as a woman crashed her car into the Dunkin' Donuts shop on Main Street.

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A Ford Taurus driven by Maria Whitney, 56, of Norway crashed into the entrance at Dunkin' Donuts on Main Street in Paris on Thursday. Whitney wasn't injured, police Chief David Verrier said.

Verrier and three other officers were next door at Burger King at about 7:35 a.m. when Verrier saw a car pull into a parking space near the Dunkin' Donuts entrance. Instead of stopping, however, the Ford sedan drove up onto the curb and smashed into the entrance.

Verrier said the driver, Maria Whitney, 56, of Norway, wasn't injured, but her vehicle had about $3,000 damage.

He said the crash was caused by driver error.

“Instead of hitting the brake, she hit the gas and drove right into the building,” he said.

Verrier said he never saw a brake light go on, and it looked like she may have accelerated.

“Very rarely do you see something like that,” he said.

He and his colleagues ran over to the crash immediately, he said.

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FRANK EARLEY's picture

Why is it always the entrance??????

I have seen three different stories of vehicles hitting restaurants. in each case the driver missed the brake and hit the gas, or that elusive little devil " the engine malfunction". In every instance, they could have hit those buildings anywhere, but the entrance seems to be magnetized. I get kind of nervous entering or leaving a restaurant nowadays......

Andrew Jones's picture

That's not how you use the

That's not how you use the drive-thru...

Steve  Dosh's picture

.AJ & Frank .. l o l This

.AJ & Frank .. l o l This story is so wrong on so many levels . .
i tell ya' . Those ƒrench and their donuts , croissants , crullers & drive thru service . Good 'ole Drunkin' Donuts ® . .Wait . She was from Norway ? That explains it then ? Scandahovian • “ Very rarely do you see something like that,” he said. Good to see your police are eating more nutritiously these days up they'ya & Alo'ha from Pahoa HI 96778 u s a /s, Steve Dosh , former police trainer with the U S Peace Corps ( seriously ! ) Anarchy rules • 

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