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August 2, 2013

Charges pending after East Side crash

NEW CASTLE —

The New Castle man who drove through Fast Check Food Mart may be facing driving under the influence charges.

No one was injured when a vehicle drove through the front doors of the store at the corner of East Washington Street and Winslow Avenue about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The driver, who was alone in the vehicle, told New Castle police he had “snorted heroin and passed out,” an officer reported.

“He pulled into the parking lot, right in front of the doors, and someone tried to wake him up,” the officer said. “He must have twitched or touched the gas pedal because the vehicle went forward, through the glass doors.”

Police said two people inside the store were “far enough away from the door,” and not injured. The driver also was not injured as a result of the crash, according to police.

However, officers said, following its entry to the store, the vehicle caught fire. The New Castle fire department arrived to put out the blaze and the vehicle drifted backward, striking and damaging the firetruck’s front fender.

Police said the driver was taken to Jameson Hospital and a blood sample was taken.

The investigation is continuing, and driving under the influence charges are pending the results of the toxicology test. Generally, officers said, it takes about a month to get those reports back.

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