CLIFTON PARK, N.Y.-It was a scene that could have been lifted straight out of a top Hollywood action movie. On Oct. 24, Don Villa, supervisor of Warren Tire & Service Centers' Clifton Park store, was waiting on a customer. At about 1 p.m. he heard an explosive noise.
The next thing he saw was a car flying four feet in the air through the dealership's plate-glass window.
According to reports, Pauline S. Cordell, 72, of Clifton Park, had left the tire shop after checking on another car, took a wrong turn in the parking lot and plowed into the building.
The car jumped two curbs, flew through two glass windows, scattered chairs and a couch in the waiting area and finally came to rest against a rear wall. The car also knocked over a rack of batteries, causing some to explode, Mr. Villa said.
Three customers in the waiting area were injured: a woman, who was pinned against a wall, suffered only minor injuries; a man suffered a broken ankle; and another man suffered cuts and bruises.
Ms. Cordell, who was uninjured, was charged with driving while intoxicated and having a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.10, both misdemeanors, Saratoga County Sheriff's Deputy Steve Costantini said.
Store damage was estimated between $10,000 and $12,000.
Despite the mayhem, the store remained open after employees cleaned up.
``We didn't want to lose any business,'' Mr. Villa explained.