DWI Charge for Woman after Violent Farmingdale Restaurant Crash Caught on Camera

A Massapequa woman was detained on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI) after her vehicle crashed into a shopping center in Farmingdale on a recent Friday night.

According to the police, a Mercedes Benz veered off the road and rammed into a vacant Toyota parked nearby, just after 9:30 p.m. Both cars ended up smashing through the Great Wall Kitchen on Boundary Avenue.

Security footage revealed a man unsuspectingly walking to a nearby shop when suddenly the two cars ploughed through the front of Great Wall Kitchen, a Chinese restaurant, right behind him.

A video clip of the accident was provided by NuBar, a store adjacent to the accident site in the plaza.

The collision resulted in extensive damage to both cars as well as Great Wall Kitchen and Power Tacos, which is located next door.

Based on the officers’ on-site assessment, the driver, identified as 39-year-old Lauren Potter, was alleged to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

Potter complained about an ankle wound and chest discomfort and was taken to the hospital. A customer at the shop also suffered a minor hand laceration and was taken to the hospital.

Locals and business proprietors claim cars have rammed into several shops in the shopping center over the years, pointing out previous incidents, notably at Vincent’s Pizzeria.

Theresa Marino, from Vincent’s Pizzeria, recalls a past incident, “An elderly man mistakenly accelerated ending up crashing into our glass front. It was horrendous. Thankfully, my kids weren’t there at the time.”

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