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Connecticut man drives into church, charged with drunk driving

A man was arrested for driving while intoxicated and crashing into a Church just before 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 in Glastonbury. The 38-year-old man was also charged with driving too fast for conditions and failure to drive right.

According to authorities, the male driver crashed his black truck into a church on the 900 block of Main Street after he lost control of the vehicle. No one was inside the church at the time of the accident, and the driver was not injured in the crash. The crash caused a fair amount of damage to the foundation of the church. The vehicle remained lodged into the foundation while officials assessed the damage and determined how to remove the truck without causing further damage to the building.

The driver did not consent to a blood alcohol test, but according to authorities, field sobriety tests showed that he was impaired at the time of the crash. The driver is set to face arraignment in two weeks.

Some field sobriety tests, such as reciting the alphabet backwards, have yet to be proven as scientifically reliable measures of driving impairment. Sober individuals routinely perform poorly on these tests, and if the driver in this case suffered from a speech problem, his results on such a test could mimic those of an impaired driver.

Alcohol breath tests also prove to be unreliable assessments of driving impairment because individuals with a higher tolerance for alcohol or people who suffer from certain chronic conditions could produce inconsistent results. Since the driver in this case refused to submit to a blood alcohol test, an attorney may be able to push for a reduction in charges by arguing that the field sobriety tests officers administered provide no solid evidence showing that the driver had a blood alcohol content level over the legal limit at the time of the crash.

Source: WFSB Eyewitness News3, "Truck slams into South Glastonbury church over weekend," Kaitlyn Naples & Courtney Zieller, Nov. 3, 2014

Source: NBC Connecticut, "Drunken Driver Crashed Into Church: Cops", November 03, 2014

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