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Police: Juvenile charged with DWI in weekend crash that sparked Schenectady house fire, damaged cars

Schenectady firefighters Lt. Vincent Verret and Joseph Cusano battle a house fire at 1432 Dewitt Ave. early Saturday
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Schenectady firefighters Lt. Vincent Verret and Joseph Cusano battle a house fire at 1432 Dewitt Ave. early Saturday

SCHENECTADY – A juvenile has been charged with driving while intoxicated in connection with an early Saturday morning crash, police said.

Police also continued Monday to trace the origin of the car the juvenile was driving, as damage done in the fire proved too great for an immediate identification.

Four people inside the house at the time all escaped without injury, police said. The driver, whom police did not name due to his age, was injured in the crash, though the injuries are not life-threatening, police said. Police found him out of the car, having gone to a nearby driveway, police spokesman Sgt. Nick Mannix said.

The crash happened at about 12:20 a.m. Saturday at 1432 Dewitt St. 

The driver first struck two parked cars along Dewitt and then the house, police said.

The crash is believed to have punctured the car’s fuel line and sparks ignited the fuel, which led to the house and car fires, Fire Chief Ray Senecal said Monday.

The fire caused extensive damage to the house and destroyed the car. A neighboring house also suffered some damage.

Senecal credited police officers, who got there prior to the fire crews’ arrival, with ensuring no one remained in the house.

Police determined the driver was intoxicated and charged him with driving while intoxicated, Mannix said.

Damage to the car prevented police from quickly getting the car’s vehicle identification number. 

The incident remained under investigation Monday.

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