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BMW smashes into Fatburger restaurant, 4 police injured

Investigators suspect driver may have been on her phone at the time

Published November 4, 2013

VANCOUVER – Four on-duty police officers were injured Sunday night when a car suddenly plowed into the restaurant they were eating dinner at.

The front window of the Fatburger restaurant, in Vancouver’s west end, was smashed in at about 8 p.m. by a silver BMW sedan driven by a 30-year-old woman, according to the Vancouver Sun.

No other restaurant patrons or staff were injured.

Witnesses said the BMW was headed southbound when it suddenly veered into the restaurant, shaking the building violently. Alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors, but officers seized the woman’s cellphone and are investigating whether  she was making a call at the time.

Const. Brian Montague said there was nothing to indicate the act was deliberate, but noted the incident has left the force rattled.

“It’s something you don’t expect, working your shift. You think the dangerous parts are over when you are sitting in a restaurant having dinner,” he said. “We’re hoping for a speedy recovery for our officers.”

Their  injuries  ranged from broken bones to complaints of difficulty breathing and are “relatively minor, all things considered,” Montague said.

All four were taken to hospital but are now recovering at home.

The driver did not appear to be injured, but was “shaken up” and taken to hospital as a precaution.

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