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Merrimack Valley

December 16, 2012

Man charged with OUI after driving into Lawrence home

LAWRENCE – A local man was arrested early yesterday after he allegedly drove drunk and into the porch of a Corbett Road home.

Derek Buote, 42, of 117 Beacon Ave., Lawrence was arrested and charged with drunken driving and malicious destruction of property valued over $250 after the 2:11 a.m. crash.

Officer William Hale arrested Buote after responding to 31 Corbett Road and finding Buote’s 2002 Toyota 4Runner “wedged under the side porch” of the single-family home, according to his report.

Hale asked Buote what happened. “Too many beers,” Buote replied, Hale said.

An ambulance was called to check Buote for injuries. He signed a form refusing treatment, police said.

The truck was pulled from underneath the porch by Valley Towing. The fire department and city building inspectors were both asked to inspect the structural safety of the home.

The home is vacant at this time and it’s owner is unclear, according to Hale’s report.

Buote told police he’d been drinking at Hayes Tavern prior to the crash.

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