FAIRFIELD — A driver who confused the gas and brake pedals on his car Thursday crashed into Belanger’s Drive-In Restaurant causing several thousand dollars in damage, according to the restaurant’s owner.

“Thankfully no one was hurt,” said owner Debra Kenney. “We feel so blessed that no one was injured.”

The crash was reported around 3:15 p.m. Thursday, just minutes after a customer had left the area where the car crashed into the front of the building, Kenney said.

There were no injuries and will be no charges in the crash, said Sgt. Matthew Bard of the Fairfield Police Department.

The driver was an elderly man and a regular customer at the drive-in restaurant, which serves ice cream, fast food and sandwiches.

“I know he feels terrible and I know it was a mistake,” Kenney said.

She said the car went through the front of the restaurant in an area where customers can order ice cream. “Luckily a customer had left just minutes before and there was no one there at the time,” she said.

Kenney estimates the damage to the storefront and equipment will cost several thousand dollars but did not have an exact figure Friday.

The restaurant is open but currently has a limited ice cream selection, Kenney said.

“We’re still here and we’re still serving food. We hope to be back to a full ice cream selection soon,” she said.

Rachel Ohm — 612-2368

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