A Taos County (N.M.) Sheriff's deputy responding to a call on Christmas Eve crashed his cruiser into a busy restaurant's patio while attempting to avoid a collision.
Dep. Nicholas Lamendola was responding with lights and sirens activated and swerved into the packed El Prado restaurant. The cruiser rolled and came to rest on a fire pit in the restaurant's patio.
After the crash, several nearby restaurant patrons—called "a group of boys" in initial news reports—pulled the fire pit's kerosene and propane tank out of the area, and then helped the deputy out of the vehicle, reports the Albuquerque Journal. No injuries were reported.