WEST DENNIS - A Yarmouth man was arrested early Sunday after ramming his Dodge pickup truck into the front of the Tedeschi's convenience store in West Dennis.
According to Sgt. Cleve Daniels, Dennis police received several 911 reports around 12:45 a.m. of a pickup truck having crashed into the front of the store at the corner of Route 28 and Route 134.
Witnesses told police while entirely inside the store, the driver pulled forward and reversed several times before freeing the truck from the building and driving away from the scene.
The store was open at the time of the crash and a shopper reportedly lept over the cashier's counter to avoid being struck by the pickup, according to Sgt. Daniels.
The driver was seen fleeing West on Route 28 towards Yarmouth, spewing debris from the crash all over the roadway.
Dennis police contacted Yarmouth police for assistance. Officers responded when Yarmouth police received a call about debris in the roadway on Wedgemere Road in West Yarmouth. There officers found the pickup truck parked at at home on Circuit Road East.
Dennis police identified the owner of the truck as 32-year-old Christopher Sprague of West Yarmouth. Sprague was promptly arrested and transported to the Dennis Police Department where he was charged with vandalism of property, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
Sprague was released on personal recognizance and will be arraigned in Orleans District Court on Monday.
According to Sgt. Daniel's, Tedeschi and the other business housed in the building, Swan River Liquors, have been ordered to close by the Dennis Building Inspector until the building is once again structurally safe.
The police did not indicate what may have led to the crash.
(Tedeschi's after the crash. A West Yarmouth man drove his pickup truck into the store, driving forward and reversing several times before freeing the truck and fleeing the scene. Video by David G. Curran.)