If it weren't for a big rock, this car would have dropped in for breakfast on 82nd Avenue

DAVID F. ASHTON - This vehicle, in the shrubbery in front of the IHOP restaurant on S.E. 82nd between Holgate and Foster, was kept out of the restaurant itself by the presence of decorative but sturdy boulders. Southbound traffic on S.E. 82nd Avenue of Roses was backed up near Liebe Street starting a little after 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, by a smash-up that caused one vehicle to careen against the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) building located there.

Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers and a Portland Fire & Rescue crew responded to the IHOP at 4931 S.E. 82nd, a bit south of Holgate Boulevard, after numerous calls to 9-1-1 reported that a car had driven over the sidewalk and into the building.

Emergency first responders found a black Volvo four-door sedan popped up over the curb and across the sidewalk, into the bushes near the IHOP's front door. The car had been stopped before penetrating the building itself by a number of prudently-placed large decorative rocks.

While emergency medical personnel tended to the Volvo's driver, who was transported via ambulance to a local hospital for medical evaluation, a flatbed tow truck quickly scooped up the other car involved, a Chevrolet Cobalt, to clear the wreck and get traffic moving again.

"Reportedly the driver of the Chevrolet Cobalt performed an illegal U-turn, and the Volvo crashed into the Cobalt," later explained Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Burley. "After the cars collided, the Volvo did leave the street, and was stopped by a boulder in front of the IHOP. The driver's injury is believed to be non-life-threatening."

The driver of the Chevy, apparently not significantly hurt, was cited for the illegal maneuver. And inside the restaurant, customers resumed eating pancakes.

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