SOUTHINGTON — The driver of a vehicle that crashed into a Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike home in October has been charged with DUI and operating a stolen vehicle, police said.
Kevin Aponte, 27, 112 View St., Meriden, was also charged on March 30 with possession of a controlled substance, third-degree criminal mischief, second-degree larceny, failure to drive in the proper lane and evading responsibility.
According to Southington police, Aponte was driving a stolen vehicle that struck a guardrail and then a house at 446 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike on Oct. 9.
Lt. Keith Egan said Aponte fled the scene, but left behind a shoe. He was taken into custody on nearby Carter Lane after police received a report of an individual running wearing only one shoe. Both Aponte and a passenger were hospitalized from injuries suffered in the crash, police said.
The town building department declared the home inhabitable after the crash and one resident reported leg pain, but declined to be transported to the hospital. Egan said the home is still undergoing repairs.
Aponte was released after posting a $75,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 27.