TIFTON - A car plunged through a window at a local pharmacy Thursday, showering glass over the floors and overturning the chairs where customers usually sit to wait for prescriptions.

Medicine Shoppe employee Pam Hester was behind the counter at about 2 p.m. when a customer drove up over the curb at the pharmacy, located in the Northside Plaza at Tift Avenue and 18th Street.

"We don't know, but it looks like he hit the gas instead of the brakes," said owner Charlene Singer. "When he hit the column, we think he panicked and that's when he hit the gas and came into the store."

The driver was able to put the car into reverse and go back out the way he came, Singer said. He seemed shaken up but not seriously injured.

The collision pushed in the stucco wall under the window, tore the window frame loose and broke the window. An "Open" sign hanging in the center of the window was untouched.

Singer's little boy, Jake, was asleep in a playpen behind the counter when the car hit.

"I thought (the car) was going to just come right on in," Hester said. "It scared me. I grabbed the playpen and started trying to pull it out of the way."

Customers were still being served after the mishap, as Singer waited for insurance adjusters, the alarm company and someone to board up the window. She said she expected to keep the store running as usual.

Police reports on the incident were unavailable as of presstime Thursday.



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