SOUTHINGTON — A local man faces charges after police said he was driving under the influence when he struck a car and tree in a crash on Route 10 in March.
Mark Campochiaro, 51, of 315 Copper Ridge, was charged Tuesday with driving under the influence, evading responsibility, and failure to drive right. He was released on $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on July 2.
On March 19 about 10:15 p.m., officers responded to a crash in the area of 1079 Queen St. Authorities investigated and determined a driver, later identified as Campochiaro, was traveling north on Queen Street when he crossed the double yellow line and struck a vehicle traveling in the southbound lane, according to police spokesman Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz.
After the initial impact, Campochiaro continued on about 500 feet and struck a tree, Dobratz said.
He was injured in the crash and was taken to a local hospital. The other driver was also injured and treated at the scene. Both cars had heavy damage.
A search warrant revealed Campochiaro was driving with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit, Dobratz said.