Driver drunk when truck hits 19th century home in Greenwich Township, police say
A Berks County man was drunk behind the wheel when he slammed his truck into a historic home, police said Wednesday.
Jason Wengert, 33, of Lenhartsville, was charged with DUI, and tests showed his blood alcohol level was more than two times the legal limit, said police.
Officers could smell alcohol on Wengert's breath, his speech was slurred and his eyes were glassy and bloodshot at the time of the accident, according to court documents.
"Oh it was very loud... very, very loud," said Ken Snyder, who added the crashed sounded like an explosion.
Snyder's whole house shook Sunday night when the pickup truck hit the front of the home in the 1000 block of Krumsville Road in Greenwich Township.
Luckily, Snyder and his wife were in a different room at the time of the impact.
"Everything was damaged and I couldn't even walk out here. That's how much debris we had laying on the floor," Snyder said.
The home dates back to the 1800s, and suffered heavy structural damage. Walls came crumbling down, antiques were destroyed and blankets were being used to block the arctic air from coming in the front door.
"It was loud. We all heard it. We heard it right away, so my husband looked right away," said Jean Hilbert, who lives directly across the street.
Wengert was driving a 1977 Ford F-250. Blood tests indicated his alcohol level was 0.18 percent, said police.
Wengert did not answer the door at his apartment, but then told 69 News to leave when we reached out to him for comment.
According to neighbors, the accident happened at a dangerous stretch on Route 737, and they said drivers need to slow down.
"I don't know why they drive so fast down here. I mean, if they wouldn't drive so fast , it wouldn't be bad," said Hilbert.
Wengert wasn't hurt. He was charged with DUI before, but the case was dismissed, according to court documents. He's now facing DUI and careless driving charges.
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