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Police: Drunken driver crashes through guardrail, strikes home in Rotterdam

Police: Drunken driver crashes through guardrail, strikes home in Rotterdam

The driver fled, but a witness followed, police say
Police: Drunken driver crashes through guardrail, strikes home in Rotterdam
Damage on Cobblestone Court caused by a drunk driver, police say
Photographer: Steven Cook

ROTTERDAM -- A drunken driver smashed through a wooden guardrail, down an embankment and into a home Tuesday night, police said.

The driver, identified by police as Zachary VanHoesen, 28, of Marengo St., left the crash scene on foot, but a witness followed and police soon arrested him, police Lt. Jeffrey Collins said. No injuries were reported.

The incident happened at about 9:40 p.m. on Cobblestone Court, a steep, curved extension of Edgewood Avenue, Collins said. 

The witness reported that the driver failed to negotiate the turn, crashed down the embankment and into the side of 20 Cobblestone Court, Collins said. Officers caught up with VanHoesen on Marengo Street.

VanHoesen's blood alcohol content tested at 0.13 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08, Collins said.

Also see: Police: Drunk driver gets SUV suspended on wires in Rotterdam, Sept. 17, 2018

The crash damaged the corner of the residence, including siding. National Grid crews also responded to repair gas service into the home, Collins said.

VanHoesen faces one count each of driving while intoxicated and criminal mischief, both misdemeanors, as well as leaving the scene of a property damage accident, a violation.

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