Lunch was ruined Monday for 150 diners after a car driven by a teen driver plowed into a restaurant near the Las Vegas strip filled with an estimated 150 customers, injuring 10.
The driver was identified Tuesday by the Las Vegas Sun as 18-year-old Gage Lindsey, was booked on counts of DUI-related charges, including substantial bodily harm, felony hit-and-run and reckless driving. His passenger, David Rolan, 21, was not charged.
The Associated Press reported Monday that the crash occurred around 12:30 p.m. at the Egg & I located several blocks from the Las Vegas strip.
“I screamed, ‘A car’s coming!’ and it exploded through the window,” restaurant patron Suziliene McDonald said. The nonprofit trauma and counseling executive said she assisted injured customers before the paramedics arrived and called the situation surreal.
“The motor was still revving, and the dust came right after it just like in the movie,” McDonald said.
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Firefighters were called to the scene to rescue four customers who were trapped under the vehicle, one being confirmed as an unidentified young boy and another as an older female. Injured patrons were transported to two local hospitals, some with serious injuries, Las Vegas fire spokesman Tim Szymanski said.
One female victim suffered from a broken leg; others were seen bleeding and being treated for wounds caused by flying glass from the impact of the crash. One restaurant employee was also hospitalized after the force of the crash knocked him into the restaurant's kitchen.
Authorities said Lindsey and Rolan reportedly attempted to flee the scene before several male onlookers grabbed the suspects, haulting them from escaping over a nearby fence.
“He kept saying he blacked out, but he was awake when he ran from the car” McDonald said.
Another witness, Jean Guillaume, said the suspects appeared to be pleased with the destruction, saying the pair was “sitting there smiling and laughing like nothing happened."
Authorities reported that the suspects hit at least two others vehicles and a median before plowing into the restaurant.
Manager of the eatery Sarah Gehringer released a statement regarding the incident. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who was involved in this,” she said.
Lindsey is being held at a local detention center without bail.
View the photo of the crash here.