An out-of-control drunken driver crashed into a restaurant parking lot Monday night in Centerport, damaging at least nine vehicles, Suffolk County police said.
One of the cars, a white BMW, belonged to a woman celebrating her 30th birthday. Two of the others belonged to her sister and mother, who had come to Mill Pond House, a seafood restaurant on East Main Street, for a quiet family get-together.
“We were absolutely stunned,” Danielle D’Aurio, 30, of Babylon, said in an email. “It was extremely upsetting to everyone there. . . . There were skid marks all over the place. Smoke from skidding out everywhere along with gas and antifreeze from all the cars hit. It was a big mess. The guy was lucky no one was getting into their cars or any of the valet guys were in any of the cars.”
Police said the driver, Mark Camenzuli, 53, of Centerport, was arrested at the scene. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and was scheduled for arraignment in First District Court in Central Islip.
Police said Camenzuli was driving west on East Main when he lost control of his 2007 Toyota Tundra about 8:50 p.m. and crashed into a line of luxury cars parked in the narrow roadside lot at Mill Pond House.
Photos from the scene showed damaged BMWs and an Audi, debris scattered across the lot and a flatbed truck on-site to haul away a damaged car.
The restaurant is on Mill Pond between Park Circle and Centershore Road and just a few hundred feet west of the Centerport Fire Department.
D’Aurio, a makeup artist and East Northport native whose birthday was Sunday, said she’d gone there to meet her sister and mother for a day-after celebration.
D’Aurio’s BMW was parked out front — next to it, her sister’s black BMW and her mom’s white Nissan Altima. Other cars from other patrons filled out the line.
Sometime during dinner, the Tundra came crashing into the lot and D’Aurio said when she and other patrons went to see what all the commotion was about they saw the driver, still behind the wheel, crashing back and forth into cars.
“He kept hitting a car and backing up, then screeching into another car. Just one after the next,” D’Aurio explained. “Finally spinning out by the entrance of the lot and hitting another car at the end of the entrance. . . . It was almost like bumper cars.”
She said two men who’d exited the restaurant tackled the driver, holding him for police.
An employee reached at the restaurant Tuesday morning said the owner was not available for comment.
In the aftermath Monday night, D’Aurio said the restaurant owner opened the bar — and comped guests drinks, since it was apparent none of them would be driving home.
“He was visibly upset,” she said. “He knew how devastated all his guests were. We all were just standing together shocked. . . . It was upsetting to say the least.”
Still, D’Aurio wrote, all things considered, the night wasn’t a total loss, after all. Her sister and mom sang “Happy Birthday.”
And nobody got hurt.
“Last night was a very memorable night,” she wrote, adding: “I’ll never forget this birthday that’s for sure! LOL.”