Woman rams into cruiser with child in tow after drive-thru debacle
Belfast — A Belfast woman who was unhappy about the service at the drive-thru of a local credit union allegedly made a scene in front of her young child as bank employees waited on customers, with the incident ending when she drove into a police cruiser and left the scene Saturday morning, Feb. 22.
Deanna Lenfest, 34, of Belfast, was charged with disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, driving to endanger and refusing to submit to arrest or detention following the alleged series of events, which began just after 9 a.m. at Downeast Credit Union on Lincolnville Avenue.
Belfast Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said the trouble started when Lenfest arrived at the credit union. Cunningham said on Saturdays, business transactions at the credit union are limited to those that can be conducted at the drive-thru window.
"They were just opening and she got kind of impatient," said Cunningham.
As several other vehicles waited in line at the drive-thru, Cunnigham said witnesses at the scene stated Lenfest could be heard yelling from her vehicle about how the bank employees were too slow and demanding they hurry up. At one point Lenfest reportedly exited her 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier, walked past the waiting vehicles and approached the drive-thru window to confront the credit union staff.
"It got so bad [the employees] had to turn the speaker off," said Cunningham.
Lenfest then returned to her vehicle and started honking the horn while she continued to express her dissatisfaction.
At that time, Belfast Officer Eric Kelley arrived at the credit union, located Lenfest and instructed her to meet him on the front side of the bank so they could discuss what had happened. Belfast officer Mike Rolerson said Kelley and Lenfest then "had words," after which Kelley walked around to the passengers side of Lenfest's car. Lenfest reportedly made an additional comment to Kelley as he was walking past the passengers side and toward the front of her vehicle, and as Kelley placed his hand on the hood of the car, Lenfest rammed into the cruiser and left the scene. Cunningham said police believe Lenfest drove into the cruiser intentionally.
Officers located Lenfest a short time later and placed her under arrest.
Rolerson said Kelley was not injured as a result of the incident, nor was Lenfest or her young child, who was secured in a safety seat. The cruiser, a 2013 Ford Caprice, sustained minor damage to the front end.
Cunningham said Lenfest continued to express her displeasure with the customer service at the credit union.
"She is no longer a member of Downeast Credit Union," said Cunningham.