A 70-year-old Farmington man faces a charge of drunken driving, after his vehicle hit another vehicle, then took a path that damaged a garage and two other vehicles, and temporarily knocked out power for residents at a condo complex at Heritage Lane and Drake.
According to the Farmington Public Safety report, police were called to the scene of the accident at 10 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day. The driver told police he mistook the gas pedal for the brake, collided with another vehicle on Drake Road, then did a "full circle" to the garage door he hit. During the course of their investigation, the report indicated, police learned that after the first collision on Drake Road, the driver swerved off the road, collided with a boulder and condo complex entrance sign, then hit a guide wire for a DTE utility pole, which caused the temporary outage. The driver then circled back and ran into the garage door, directly hitting one car and causing damage to a second car parked inside.
A preliminary breath test showed the man's blood alcohol level was .09, which is more than the .08 legal limit. Medics took him to the hospital because he was involved in so many collisions, and because his blood sugar was low, according to the report.