Van crashes into Orlando Popeye's: Woman, child run to avoid vehicle driven by Philip Brown (VIDEO)
Dave McDaniel, WESH-TV
7:25 AM, Jan 22, 2014
11:56 AM, Jan 22, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. - A woman and a boy were hit by a sport utility vehicle while eating inside of an Orlando restaurant last month.
Surveillance video shows the crashing and already out-of-control vehicle slamming through the wall of a Popeye's restaurant on Dec. 30.
The woman and child frantically ran from the window as the van crashes through the building.
The Florida Highway Patrol released the video Tuesday from the incident that left five people hurt after the Lynx Vanpool crashed into the restaurant. Nobody had life-threatening injuries, according to troopers.
Florida Highway Patrol said the driver of the vehicle ran a red light and hit a Ford Focus that was turning into the Pine Hills plaza. The Vanpool vehicle then careened into the Popeye's.
Philip Reynaldo Brown, 26, was charged with DUI with serious bodily harm, driving with a suspended license and failure to obey a traffic control device.
A Vanpool allows a group of people who live and work near each other to commute to work using a van rented from Lynx. Lynx drivers do not operate the vehicles.
According to an arrest report, Brown screamed and used profanity at police officers and other law enforcement officials who tried to attend to him at the crash scene.
Investigators said they could smell alcohol on his breath, he had slurred speech when he spoke and had difficulty opening his eyes. The report also said that Brown's eyes were glassy and bloodshot, and that he could not maintain his balance.