Police: Man crashed into two homes while drunk

BENNINGTON — A New York man faces a drunk driving charge after police said he crashed a vehicle into two houses early Thursday morning.

First responders were dispatched to the 1100 block of Route 9 at about 6:34 a.m. for a report of a vehicle that had crashed into a house, Bennington police said in a press release.

The driver of the car was identified as Christopher Cummings, 30, of Lake Lazurne. Police said Cummings was uninjured, but officers determined that he was under the influence of alcohol.

Police said Cummings' vehicle struck two homes. The first house sustained minor contact damage. But police said the second house, a mobile home, sustained heavy damage and was determined to be uninhabitable. The mobile home was vacant and unoccupied at the time of the crash, according to police.

Cummings was cited for driving under the influence for a third or subsequent offense, and gross negligent operation. He's scheduled to appear in Bennington criminal court on March 19.

Officers with the Bennington Police Department and members of the Bennington Rural Fire Department and Bennington Rescue Squad responded to the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact Sgt. Joshua Stemp of the Bennington police at 802-442-1030.

Ed Damon can be reached at edamon@benningtonbanner.com, at @edamon_banner on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 111.


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