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Driver charged with DUI after pickup truck crashes into corner of house

August 29, 2013|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • The driver of this pickup truck was taken to Meritus Medical Center after crashing into the corner of a house on Rockdale Road near Hagerstown Speedway on Thursday morning.
By Dan Dearth/Reporter

A Washington County man was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and other counts after the pickup truck he was driving crashed into a house near Hagerstown Speedway Thursday morning, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.

Daniel John Dutcavich, 56, of Hicksville Road near Clear Spring also was charged with driving a vehicle in excess of reasonable and prudent speed, failure to control vehicle speed on highway, driving a motor vehicle on a highway without required license and authorization, negligent driving and driving while impaired by alcohol, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

Dutcavich was taken to Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown to be treated for nonlife-threatening injuries, the sheriff’s office said.

A hospital spokeswoman said Thursday afternoon that Dutcavich’s medical condition had not been determined.

Sgt. Daniel Faith of the sheriff’s office said at the scene that the driver was heading south on Rockdale Road at about 8:30 a.m., when the Chevrolet pickup he was driving went down an embankment and clipped a tree before striking the northwest corner of a single-story house at 12525 Rockdale Road.

He said damages to the house were minor.

“It literally just took the paint off the corner,” Faith said.

The occupant of the house was not home when the accident occurred, according to Faith.

“Only the dog was home,” he said.

Faith said he believed the accident could have been more serious had the pickup not struck the tree and a small pile of dirt before hitting the house.

A tow-truck driver used a cable to pull the truck up and over the embankment.

The pickup appeared to have serious damage to the undercarriage, Faith said.

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