ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
At Party City, their bash came with a bang.
Just after 9 a.m. Thursday morning, a Hyundai SUV ended up inside the Annapolis store. Balloons popped and glass, not confetti, went flying.
"All of a sudden I felt a huge bang and then glass was in my face and my face hit the dashboard," said the passenger, who asked to remain anonymous.
They were heading to Giant, just one store away. Witnesses tell police they saw the driver speeding before the car went in between the brick pillars and right into the store.
Party City was just minutes away from opening. Three employees were inside, but fortunately not behind the counter.
"It appears it was pushed back probably a good 5 to 8 feet from where it was originally, so the vehicle did enter in and go pretty deep inside the building," said Lt. Michael Brothers, an Anne Arundel County Police spokesman.
The cash register was knocked over. Aisle two was tilted. Employees filled out witness reports, as shoppers came by amazed by the damage.
"Oh my God. I've never seen anything like it, ever. I still can't believe it. I couldn't even order my lunch," said Alexa Garrett, who was grabbing lunch from the Festival at Riva.
The passenger says the crash also broke her relationship with the driver.
"He used to be my boyfriend. After this incident, he's not someone I want to associate with," she said.
Police arrested him, suspecting he was impaired. The car however belongs to the passenger, and so does the bill.
"I'm embarrassed and I don't know how I'm going to pay for all this," she said.
No word yet on when Party City will reopen.