3 hurt in Petaluma restaurant mishap
Published: Sunday, October 15, 2006 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, October 15, 2006 at 1:52 a.m.
Shattered glass sprayed a party of seven diners at Volpi's Ristorante & Bar in Petaluma on Saturday night when a Ford Explorer jumped the curb and sent two newspaper racks hurtling into the restaurant's picture window overlooking Washington Street.
Three people suffered bumps, bruises and cuts in the accident, which happened about 7:50 p.m., said Petaluma Police Sgt. Dave Kahl.
Restaurant owner Mary Lee Volpi said, "we're extremely upset, but grateful that no one was seriously hurt. I'm still in shock."
The driver of the SUV was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. He did not have a driver's license and police did not have an identification.
The restaurant was filled with patrons, including 35 people celebrating a birthday party, when the racks were propelled into the window, said Sylvia Volpi, who plays the accordion and sings on Friday and Saturday nights at the Italian restaurant.
Bartender Justin Norman said, "It was really chaotic, but everyone was OK."
After the accident, the restaurant continued to serve food in a second dining room and will be open for business today.
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