Man Accused Of Driving Intentionally Into Tedeschi Store in West Dennis

WEST DENNIS (CBS) — A pickup truck crashed into the Tedeschi convenience store on Route 28 early Sunday morning, police said.

The incident was reported through several 911 calls at 12:36 a.m., the Dennis Police said in a prepared statement.

Witnesses reported a dark colored Dodge pickup truck drove through the front entry way of the store. The truck, which was completely inside the building, reversed and pulled forward several times while inside the store before backing out and leaving the scene.

The truck nearly hit a customer in the store, the police said. The customer had to jump over the sales counter to avoid being struck.

A short time after the incident, Yarmouth Police received a call about some debris on Wedgemere Road in West Yarmouth.

Yarmouth officers found the suspect vehicle at a Circuit Road East home.

After an investigation by Dennis Police officers Brendan Niemisto and Daniel Flynn, the owner of the truck was identified as 32-year-old Christopher Sprague of West Yarmouth. Sprague was placed under arrest and taken to the Dennis Police Department, where he was charged with vandalism to property, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, the police said.

Sprague was released on personal recognizance and faces arraignment Monday morning at Orleans District Court.

The building at 964 Route 28 that houses the Tedeschi store as well as Swan River Liquors, sustained serious structural damage and was deemed unsafe by the town of Dennis building inspector. Both businesses have been ordered to close until the building is made structurally safe.

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