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No Injuries Reported After Car Crashes into Connecticut Hotel Lobby

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | December 07, 2015

No Injuries Reported After Car Crashes into Connecticut Hotel Lobby

Photo via Twitter/ReneeChmiel

Like something straight out of a movie scene, a car crashed into the lobby of the Clarion Hotel and Suites in Hamden, Connecticut, early Sunday morning.

NBC Connecticut reported the 39-year-old driver, identified as Corey Merritt, is facing multiple charges after he fell asleep behind the wheel of his Toyota Corolla.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the crash, which occurred shortly after 3 a.m. ET Sunday.

Witnesses said they saw the car crash through the hotel's glass doors and into the lobby, slamming into the reservation desk and hitting a wall where it finally came to a stop.

"The building shook. I heard it...The woman behind the desk was pretty upset, of course," guest Jack Pignatello told NBC Connecticut.

"It was not your usual stay at a hotel."

Responding firefighters spent roughly an hour cleaning up some of the damage and the car was towed away.

WTNH News 8 reporter Renee Chmiel provided a close up of the scene.

After the incident, the driver, who was staying at the hotel, attempted to flee before being arrested. He faces charges of reckless driving, evading responsibility and operating with a suspended license and is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 18.


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