Schenectady County

Driver who slammed pickup into Schenectady house charged with DWI

A Glenville man has been charged with driving while intoxicated for allegedly crashing his vehicl

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A Glenville man has been charged with driving while intoxicated for allegedly crashing his vehicle into a Guilderland Avenue home on Sunday.

Police said John F. Carlson, 51, was driving his white pickup at about 6:15 p.m. and drove into the corner of a home owned by Sean Cochrane at 2321 Guilderland Ave.

Cochrane was at home at the time of the accident with his four children and he said that nobody inside the house was injured. He said he called 911, and authorities told him to leave the house because there was structural damage.

The truck damaged the front porch and the window frame outside the first-floor dining room.

“The house shook,” Cochrane said. “I checked to make sure the kids were OK, [then] yelled out the hole in the house to tell the guy not to go anywhere.”

Cochrane said his wife as not home when the accident happened. He went outside to talk to the driver, who seemed fine.

Police spokesman Lt. Brian Kilcullen said Carlson was not injured in the accident. Police gave Carlson a field sobriety test before leading him away in handcuffs. He has been charged with driving while intoxicated and a violation level offense of failure to keep right.

Kilcullen said that the Schenectady Fire Department was called to the scene because there was an odor of natural gas outside after the accident. The truck hit the corner of the house where the gas and electric service meters are. Occupants of the houses were evacuated on either side as a precaution until the utility company fixed the problem. Residents returned to their homes later that evening.

Police closed that section of Guilderland Road for about an hour and a half.

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