2012-10-12 / Top Stories

Van Crashes Into McDonald’s In Far Rockaway

By Miriam Rosenberg


The van, which was driven by the alleged perpetrator Rushanell Bernard, sits outside the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway. The van, which was driven by the alleged perpetrator Rushanell Bernard, sits outside the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway. Police arrested a 23-year-old Queens man on October 5 after he crashed the van he was driving into the entrance of the McDonald’s restaurant located at the intersection of Mott Avenue and Beach Channel Drive in Far Rockaway.

A spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown told The Wave that Rushanell Bernard was arrested by Officer Ravi Moonan of the 101 Precinct after the officer responded to the accident call and found the defendant behind the wheel of a white Ford delivery van registered to Grower’s Fancy juice company.

The officer said in his statement to the court that he observed the defendant to have bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and was unsteady on his feet as he exited the van.

Bernard was arrested shortly afterwards, then taken to the 112 Precinct in Forest Hills, where he was administered an exam to test his blood alcohol.


Bricks were displaced and the door damaged as a result of a van crashing into the Mott Avenue entrance of McDonald’s in Far Rockaway last Friday night. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Bricks were displaced and the door damaged as a result of a van crashing into the Mott Avenue entrance of McDonald’s in Far Rockaway last Friday night. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg According to the DA’s office, the test results showed that Bernard had a large amount of alcohol in his system, blowing a .148 on the test while.08 is the legal limit.

He has been charged with two counts of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs – the first for driving with more than the legal limit of alcohol in his blood; the second for operating a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated state.

The Department of Buildings has issued a violation to the restaurant due to the van displacing bricks and destroying the metal and glass door of the Mott Avenue entrance. The restaurant has remained open, with diners using the parking lot entrance rather than the front entrance.

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