Yesterday Gut Check's sister blog Daily RFT reported that a drunk lady passed out in the drive-thru line at a Hardee's just across the Mississippi River in Godfrey, Illinois. The incident began on Saturday, November 24, at 9:57 p.m. when the Madison County Sheriff's Office was called to respond to a female driver asleep at the steering wheel in the drive-thru lane of Hardee's (2720 Godfrey Road). After waking the woman in question, Janice Lyles, officers administered a series of field sobriety tests, which she failed. Police then placed her under arrest for driving under the influence and operating an uninsured motor vehicle, both misdemeanor offenses.
That got us thinking: How many other drive-thru window crimes have St. Louisians committed? We rounded up a list of five offenses that range from the plain bizarre to bloody.
Man Stabbed in Del Taco Drive-Thru In January 2011, two men were in the drive-thru of the former Del Taco on South Grand just after midnight when they got into an argument. The 31-year-old victim told police that his friend pulled a knife and stabbed him. The victim arrived at an area hospital in stable condition. The suspect, 40, was arrested at the scene.
Woman Jumps from Roof After Robbing White Castle In August 2011, a 33-year-old woman drove through the drive-thru at the White Castle at Hebert and North Florissant around 2:52 a.m. Once there she brandished a gun and handed the cashier a note stating she was robbing the Whiteys. Employees locked themselves into an office and called police, during which time the woman climbed into the drive-thru window and stole cash from the register. Along the way she also dropped her gun, which was actually a plastic toy. With a description of the suspect's vehicle police located the car a half-mile away in the rear of the suspect's home in the 1900 block of Warren. When police tried to arrest the suspect, she climbed to the roof of the three-story home and jumped off the roof. The woman was taken to the hospital. Her injuries weren't believed to be life-threatening.
Man Throws Dead Squirrel Through Hardee's Window, Orders 'Extra Nuts' This one isn't exactly local either, but really, it's too good to leave out -- and it also involves an oddball Hardee's customers.
In December 2010, Christopher Thompson, 26, of Pekin, Illinois, found a squirrel carcass on the dashboard of his car -- a joke played on Thompson by a friend. Instead of disposing of the dead animal he chose to leave it on the dashboard. According to Bartonville, Illinois police, Thompson entered the drive-thru lane of a Hardee's at 9:45 p.m., placed an order and upon arriving at the pick-up window, asked for "extra nuts for my pet squirrel."
"That squirrel's not real," the restaurant employee said, according to the police report.
"Yes, it is!" he bit back, before chucking the squirrel through the window. It skidded over the counter and landed on the floor; a customer at the restaurant picked it up and dropped it in the snow outside.
Thompson drove away after launching the carcass through the Hardee's drive-thru window. Police found him several days later and served him notice to appear in court on misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges.
Frustrated McDonald's Drive-Thru Customer Trashes Cash Register In October, a man in Springfield, Missouri was mad as hell at a McDonald's drive-thru window employee and wasn't going to take it anymore. The man entered the drive-thru lane and ordered a chicken sandwich with no mayo. There must have been some static on the line, however, as the McDonald's employee taking his order heard chicken sandwich and a Powerade through the drive-thru intercom. This error so enraged the customer at the drive-thru window that he spewed vitriol at the employee until a manager informed him the restaurant would no longer serve him. At this, he exited his vehicle, barreled into the eatery, picked up a cash register off the counter and slammed it to the floor.
Teenager Killed After Shooting in McDonald's Drive-Thru In May 2009, Timothy A. Cherry Jr., 19, was in the drive-thru lane of a north county McDonald's around 10 p.m. when he was shot by an unknown assailant. Cherry, of the 5900 block of Drury in north St. Louis, was able to steer his PT Cruiser three blocks away from the Northwood's restaurant before crashing the vehicle. He died at the scene. Three other people inside Cherry's car were uninjured from gunfire but taken to an area hospital for injuries sustained in the crash. No suspect or motive has ever been made public.