Driver's crash course damages Springfield Safeway, police say.
Byline: Chelsea Gorrow The Register-Guard
SPRINGFIELD - Employees of the Safeway store on Pioneer Parkway were busy Wednesday morning sweeping up broken glass, repairing and restocking damaged shelves and mopping up tire tracks after a woman allegedly drove her Chevrolet Tahoe through the store just after midnight.
Noella Yvonne Fay, 43, of Glenwood had been at the store about 4 p.m. Tuesday and tried to buy $2,200 worth of gift cards, according to Springfield police. Safeway sells gift cards that can be used at a variety of retailers, including Starbucks, Nordstrom and iTunes.
But when Fay's check bounced, she was refused the sale, which prompted her to become angry and leave the store, police said.
At 12:23 a.m. Wednesday, Fay allegedly returned and parked her sport utility vehicle in front of the store's west doors, blocking the entrance. She was yelling about wanting her gift cards, police said.
A Safeway employee told Fay she needed to move her vehicle before they could discuss the gift card issue any further. It was then, police said, that Fay drove her sport utility vehicle through the west side of the store.
Fay drove the Tahoe down an aisle almost to the back of the store, police said. She then allegedly reversed the SUV back to the front of the aisle, turned the car toward the deli and drove between the aisle ends and the checkstands. She then drove the vehicle out the east doors and into the parking lot, police said.
She last was seen driving southbound on Pioneer Parkway West.
The Tahoe later was found abandoned near Water and West C streets, police said.
At 1:45 a.m., Fay was arrested at her home in Glenwood on six counts of reckless endangering, hit and run, reckless driving and first-degree criminal mischief.
The store still was open when Fay drove inside, and four employees and two customers were in the store near the front doors when the incident occurred.
No one was injured.
About 8 a.m. Wednesday, store employees still were cleaning up. District Manager Abe Zitterhopf said the store was temporarily closed but was expected to reopen later in the day Wednesday.
Zitterhopf didn't have a damage estimate but said replacing the doors would be the biggest expense.
According to a Facebook page that appears to belong to Fay, she purchased a 2004 burgundy Tahoe last week. Springfield police Sgt. Rich Charboneau said the vehicle inside the Safeway store was burgundy in color.
On her Facebook page, Fay says in a Tuesday morning post that "Seroquel is the devil" and asks if anyone can drive her because she is not well. Seroquel is a medication used to treat bipolar disorder.
A few minutes later, she posted a 22-minute video of herself where she makes multiple rambling comments. About a half-hour later, she posted that she was "thinking about how blessed I am."
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|Title Annotation:||Crime; A woman allegedly rams her SUV into the store and around its aisles after her check bounces|
|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Aug 25, 2016|
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