At first they thought it could be a prank.
Then they wondered whether he was dead.
What was going on with the driver who ordered a combo at the Burger King at 137th Street and Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park and then just stopped his vehicle before he got to the pickup window?
The strange situation about 7:30 p.m. dragged on for about 15 minutes.
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The women did not know at the time that it was Royals pitcher Danny Duffy. The man was wearing a gray hoodie and was slumped over the console between the driver’s and passenger’s seats.
Raquel Wesson was working the pickup window that night. Her friend Zaria Craig was filling out job forms.
“My friend called me over to the window and said: ‘Hey, this car’s right there and they’re not moving. That’s weird,’ ” Craig said.
The women could not see anyone in the vehicle. Wesson took a little video and told the manager, who instructed her to call 911. Craig went out to look into the vehicle.
“That’s when everything got serious,” Craig said.
Wesson also came out to the vehicle and started tapping Duffy on the shoulder. A man in the drive-thru line behind Duffy approached and shook him awake.
“We opened the door to try to get him out to lay him flat on the ground,” Wesson said. “He just kept repeating that he was fine and that he didn’t need to call the police or anything. That he could drive.”
Wesson said the man had bloodshot eyes and he looked like he was scared. She said the man who had come to help looked surprised.
“Danny Duffy?” he asked.
Craig recognized the name.
Wesson said Duffy tried to drive away but he dropped his credit card. As she handed it to him, the police arrived.
Neither Craig nor Wesson said they smelled alcohol or saw any open containers.
They saw Duffy park his car in the restaurant lot.
“I’m assuming he got picked up by a friend,” Craig said.
Overland Park police cited Duffy for driving under the influence. They did not book him in jail because he is a Kansas resident. His first appearance in municipal court is Sept. 19.
The whole incident was over about 9 p.m., Craig said.
Duffy never did pick up his food.