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Newport police revive man after crash at McDonald's drive-through

Newport Beach police officers got a man's heart beating again after he was found unresponsive following a minor car accident in a McDonald's drive-through, police said.

Police received a call at 9 p.m. Sunday about a crash at the McDonald's at 700 W. Pacific Coast Hwy.

When they arrived, they found a vehicle at the end of the drive-through, where it had crashed into a parked vehicle, according to the Newport Beach Police Department.

Officer Robert Bennett couldn't detect a pulse on the middle-aged man's wrist or neck. At that time, Bennett said, he and Sgt. Rachel Johnson pulled the man from his vehicle.

Officer Monica Tiscareno placed a jacket under the man's head while they worked to save his life, Bennett said.

The sergeant grabbed a defibrillator from a patrol car and used it once to provide a jolt of electricity to the man. The officers then performed CPR while waiting for paramedics to arrive.

When paramedics got there, the man had a pulse but remained unconscious, Bennett said.

The department credited a community donation in March 2004 for the acquisition of the defibrillators, now in all patrol vehicles and providing officers with life-saving tools.

Firefighters took the man, who police said was possibly in his late 50s, to a hospital. He was expected to survive.


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