DRACUT — A 60-year-old Dracut man who was allegedly drunk when he crashed his pickup truck through a utility pole and into the corner of the Department of Public Works office on Hildreth Street Saturday was released on personal recognizance after appearing in court.
Michael Gagnon, of 12 Matty’s Way, Dracut, was still standing next to his Dodge Ram pickup truck when Dracut police arrived at 833 Hildreth St., Saturday about 4 p.m., and found a heavily damaged utility pole and a truck smashed into the corner of the DPW building.
Gagnon told police he crashed into the building after another vehicle crossed into his lane and forced him to swerve as he was driving on Hildreth Street, according to a police report.
But the driver of the vehicle that Gagnon said he swerved to avoid told police Gagnon’s truck simply pulled out from Sladen Street and drove into the utility pole and building, according to a police report.
Gagnon refused treatment for cuts to his face at the scene, according to a police report.
Officers noticed that Gagnon smelled of alcohol, had glassy eyes, and was unsteady on his feet as they spoke to him at the scene, and Gagnon later told officers he drank two beers prior to the crash, according to a police report.
Police later found two open cans of Budweiser in the cab of Gagnon’s pickup truck, according to a police report.
Gagnon failed a field sobriety test at the scene, and later took a breathalyzer test at the Tyngsboro police station since Dracut’s breathalyzer was malfunctioning, according to a police report.
Gagnon’s blood alcohol concentration was found to be .122 and .125 in two separate tests, according to a police report. The legal limit is .08.
Gagnon was arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court on charges of operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, marked lanes violation, and open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, according to court records.
A building inspector determined the DPW building was still safe despite suffering damage in the crash.
Gagnon’s attorney said they are glad no one was injured but otherwise declined comment.
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