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Pocatello police: Suspected drunk driver commits hit and run in McDonald’s parking lot and then buys meal at drive-thru

July 24, 2018

Bart Andersen

An allegedly drunk driver struck a car in the parking lot of a Pocatello fast food eatery, then went through the restaurant’s drive-thru to purchase a meal and was in the parking lot eating his food when responding police officers arrived and arrested him, authorities said.

Bart Andersen, 48, of Pocatello, was taken into custody in the parking lot of the McDonald’s on Yellowstone Avenue near the Fred Meyer retail store around 11:15 p.m. Sunday. He has been charged with driving under the influence and consuming or possessing an open alcoholic container by a driver, both of which are misdemeanors.

Police said that in addition to the incident at McDonald’s, Andersen is suspected of being involved in another hit-and-run crash that occurred at a Chubbuck intersection earlier on Sunday.

Pocatello police said the McDonald’s incident unfolded when Andersen pulled into the eatery’s parking lot in his white pickup truck and immediately struck an unoccupied parked vehicle. Instead of stopping to check on the vehicle he had crashed into, Andersen proceeded to drive up to the drive-thru window at the McDonald’s and purchase a meal, police said. He then pulled into a parking spot at the McDonald’s to eat the food.

Andersen and a female passenger were inside the parked pickup when Pocatello police arrived and arrested him. The female passenger was not taken into custody.

Police said Andersen refused to take field sobriety and breath tests but was otherwise arrested without incident.

Pocatello police said they didn’t have the full details on Andersen’s alleged hit-and-run crash in Chubbuck, but they do not believe anyone was injured.

According to court records, Andersen posted bond and a bonded arraignment is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. on Aug. 1 at the Bannock County Courthouse.

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