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Police: Port Jefferson Station man faces DWI charge after plowing into dining room of Miller Place home

Firefighters at the scene after a Port Jefferson

Firefighters at the scene after a Port Jefferson Station man who Suffolk County police said was driving drunk crashed into the dining room of a Miller Place home on Parkside Avenue at about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Credit: Stringer News Service / AJ Ryan

A suspected drunken driver in a sport utility vehicle crashed into the dining room of a Miller Place home early Saturday after running a stop sign and plowing across several lawns, Suffolk police said.

The driver failed to stop at the corner of Harrison and Parkside avenues about 2:30 a.m. and lost control of the vehicle, police said.

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.

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

Tegins was charged with driving while intoxicated. Other charges are pending, police said.

He will be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Central Islip, police said.

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