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Driver charged with DUI after truck crashes into Newport library

A driver has been charged with driving under the influence after crashing a truck into Newport's Redwood Library.

The accident happened on Thursday, Dec. 8 around 5:30 p.m., when a pickup truck lost control on Bellevue Avenue, crashed through an iron gate and then crashed into the stairs at the Redwood Library.

According to the police, witnesses reported seeing the pickup truck driving eastbound on Mary Street with the headlights off. Witnesses also said the truck kept hitting the brakes. One witness flashed her headlights at the truck to get its attention, but it turned onto Touro Street before Bellevue.

When the truck turned onto Bellevue it drove on the sidewalk and almost hit two pedestrians in front of the Viking Hotel. Two vehicles traveling in the opposite direction on Bellevue were sideswiped by the reported erratic vehicle.

After the pickup truck hit the second vehicle, the truck jumped the curb, drove through shrubs, drove through the Gustave White parking lot, crossed Redwood Street, barreled through an iron gate and came to a stop against the stairs of the library. The driver was helped out of the truck by a realtor who witnessed the crash.

The driver of the pickup truck has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It is his first offense and is a misdemeanor. He reportedly agreed to a chemical test at the scene of the accident.

The first emergency calls that came in describe a pickup truck hitting multiple parked cars, but when police arrived they found debris all over the street and occupants of the vehicles.

Car accidents occur in Newport every day of the week. A local attorney can explain your rights following an accident, including your right to seek compensation for injuries and other damages.

Source: Newport Patch, "Updated: Truck into Newport's Redwood Library: Driver Charged with DUI," Margo Sullivan, Dec. 09, 2016

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