An out-of-control Tesla driven by a Pickerington man crashed into the front of a Reynoldsburg restaurant recently, causing major damage and injuring two people.
The 26-year-old driver faces a number of charges connected with the incident, which occurred at 9:29 p.m. Oct. 13 at Prost Restaurant, at 7354 E. Main St., said Reynoldsburg police.
Witnesses told police the driver sped through a stop sign next to Vick's Gourmet Pizza at state Route 256 and East Main Street.
The car jumped a median on Main Street, drove across the lanes and onto the restaurant patio, then crashed through the front glass window.
A 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy were treated for minor injuries connected to the incident, according to the police report.
Lt. Ron Wright said the driver was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, failure to stop at a stop sign and expired license plates.
"He displayed signs of intoxication per field sobriety testing and refused to take a breath test," Wright said.
The front window at the restaurant still was boarded up Oct. 26. The restaurant was closed the day after the incident but was open by Oct. 15. An amount for estimated damages was not available at press time.
Musicians playing at the restaurant during the incident, however, reported a $1,500 guitar, a $700 amplifier and $20 microphone stand were damaged, according to a witness report.
In other Reynoldsburg police reports:
* A woman told police she found a 2-year-old boy wandering alone on the sidewalk at about 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at the intersection of Cheroy Drive and Leah Lane. Officers took the child to Franklin County Children Services, then learned the boy's parents had reported him missing.
The mother told police she had left the boy in the care of her husband while she went to pick up her daughter from school. The husband said he works a night shift and was sleeping when the boy left the house, according to the police report.
No charges were filed, but the parents were required to talk to a caseworker at Franklin County Children Services to regain custody, police reports said.
* An employee at a business in the 6300 block of East Livingston Avenue reported that at 2:15 p.m. Oct. 14, a group that included a man, three women and a little girl about 5 years old, left without paying for merchandise. The employee said the man was carrying a $45 air mattress, the women's purses were "bulging," and the little girl carried a doll and another toy that appeared to be merchandise, according to the police report. The suspects were described as black and their vehicle was an off-white older model with a missing rear passenger hubcap.
* Officers arrested a 23-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman, both from Columbus, at 3:04 p.m. Oct. 15 after they allegedly attempted to take items from a business in the 2700 block of Taylor Road Southwest. The woman was arrested on theft charges and the man was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, police reports said.
* Two 14-year-old girls were arrested after a fight at 12:39 p.m. Oct. 19 at Reynoldsburg High School, 6699 E. Livingston Ave. According to the police report, both girls were charged with disorderly conduct.