Mike Zhang was just opening his China Gourmet restaurant on Main Street in Tiverton at about noon Wednesday when a fire hydrant came crashing through the window.
An SUV hit the hydrant, sending it sailing across a parking lot and into the restaurant. It smashed into a soda cooler and broke a table in two along the way.
Luckily, no one was in the way.
If there had been, Tiverton Fire Chief Robert Lloyd told NBC 10 they likely would have been killed.
Officers said Peter Gloddy told them he was trying to avoid a crash with another car when he went up onto the curb, striking the hydrant and knocking over a utility pole too.
Tiverton police said Gloddy, of Tiverton, was charged with one count of DWI. Police said he may have been under the influence of drugs.
Gloddy was released on $1,000 personal recognizance and is due in court April 24.