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Kalispell man charged for driving car into Valier’s Panther Cafe

Posted at 3:38 PM, Jan 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-15 17:56:59-05

KALISPELL – A Kalispell man is facing charges after allegedly driving his car into the Panther Cafe in Valier.

According to Pondera County Sheriff Robert Skorupa, Theodore Loren Mckain, 71, faces charges for DUI, no insurance and criminal mischief following the January 11 incident.

Skorupa said Mckain backed across Highway 44 from One Step Cenex and into the dining room of the Panther Cafe at 6:18 p.m. Friday.

Owner Tracy Landreth tells MTN when she heard the collision it sounded like an explosion. When she looked, she saw a car in the dining room.

The car was near a table that cleared just five minutes before the incident happened.

At the time of the crash, there were still customers in the café.

The damages are estimated at $15,000.

The Panther Café was back open for business Saturday morning.

No injuries were reported.