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Port Jefferson Station man arraigned on DWI charge following SUV crash into Miller Place home

Gerard Tegins, 20, of Port Jefferson Station, was

Gerard Tegins, 20, of Port Jefferson Station, was arrested Saturday, April 18, 2015, and charged with drunken driving after Suffolk County police said he lost control of his SUV and plowed into a house in Miller Place, leaving a gaping hole in the dining room. Credit: SCPD

A $100,000 bond or a $10,000 cash bail was set Sunday for an accused drunken driver who Suffolk County police said crashed a sport utility vehicle into the dining room of a Miller Place home after running a stop sign and plowing across several lawns.

The driver, identified as Gerard Tegins, 20, of Port Jefferson Station, suffered minor injuries and was taken to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson Station. There were no passengers in the vehicle.

Tegins was arraigned in First District Court in Central Islip Sunday on charges of driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, speeding and various motor vehicle and traffic violations including failure to stop at a stop sign and having no insurance card.

He was being held in the Suffolk County Jail.

Police said Tegins failed to stop at the corner of Harrison and Parkside avenues at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday and lost control of the vehicle.

The 2002 Hyundai SUV jumped the curb, took out a street sign and punched a gaping hole in the front of the two-story Parkside Avenue house, police and witnesses said.

"It slid across my neighbor's lawn, hit a sign, sent the sign flying 30 feet, drove up over his foundation and into his dining room and hit his refrigerator," said a man who lives across the street, who declined to give his name. "There was a large boom."

The occupants of the home were asleep upstairs and were not injured, authorities said.

With Robert Brodsky

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