Tuesday July 30, 2013

KEITH WHITCOMB JR.

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- A man who police said was under the influence of a depressant drug when he crashed his vehicle into a woman’s car as it was stopped at a traffic light, pleaded not guilty to a third offense of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

David J. Corcuera, 34, of North Bennington, was released under conditions he not drive or possess a regulated drug without a prescription. According to court records, his two previous DUI convictions were from July 2006 in Vermont, and January 2009 in New York.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer John F. Behan, on July 14 at 7:48 a.m. he responded to a two-car crash at the intersection of North Bennington Road and Hannaford Plaza. He spoke to the driver of one of the vehicles and a witness and determined that a Nissan Altima being driven by Corcuera had crashed into a Subaru being driven by Helen Morey, 71, as it was stopped at a red light.

Behan said Corcuera’s eyes were watery and bloodshot, and he was mumbling when he spoke. He also appeared to have small puncture wounds on his arms. Corcuera told police he had just woken up, and had a dose of Methadone July 13 in the morning to treat his heroin addiction.

According to Behan, Bennington Police Cpl. Andy Hunt, a federally certified drug recognition expert, examined Corcuera and determined he was under the influence of a depressant.

Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at kwhitcomb@benningtonbanner.com or follow him on Twitter @KWhitcombjr.