Accused Drunken Driver Crashes Outside Police Station

Police followed trail of antifreeze from car.

Police in Vernon didn't have to look far to find a suspected drunken driver. The evidence was right outside their front door.

A police sergeant heard a loud crash in the front parking lot of the station around 11:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Then, he saw a car driving on West Street with heavy, front-end damage. The sergeant followed the car and stopped it on Valley View Lane.

He later determined the driver, Joseph Janiak, had already hit several signs along Tunnel Road and was trying to pull into the parking lot outside the police station, when he turned onto the sidewalk and hit another sign and a large rock, police said.

The car also left a trail of antifreeze from Tunnel Road until it was stopped on Valley View Lane.

Police said Janiak's blood alcohol level was .179, more than two-times the legal limit for driving.

Janiak was charged with driving under the influence, evading responsibility and failure to drive in the proper lane.

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