A man drove his SUV into a McDonald’s restaurant on Florida Boulevard at Wooddale Boulevard around 5:30 a.m. Thursday, claiming his family was being held hostage at their home on Sharp Lane, Baton Rouge police said.
But the man’s family was doing fine when officers checked on them, said Sgt. Don Coppola, a Baton Rouge Police spokesman, though a patrolman rushing to the family’s home wrecked his patrol cruiser on Florida Boulevard at Sherwood Forest Bouvlevard at about 5:45 a.m.
Coppola said the man who crashed his Jeep into the McDonald’s was taken to a hospital for an evaluation. No one was injured in the restaurant, he said.
The officer rushing to the family’s home on Sharp Lane was driving west on Florida when he crashed into another vehicle driving north on Sherwood Forest, Coppola said.
The police officer, who had his patrol car’s lights and sirens switched on at the time of the crash, walked away unhurt, Coppola said, though two other people were taken to a hospital with what Coppola described as minor injuries.
The officer and the man who drove into the restaurant were not identified.