Posted at: 10/15/2013 5:55 PM
| Updated at: 10/15/2013 6:18 PM
By: Mark Mulholland
MOREAU - The home at 162 Bluebird Road is all boarded up where a pick-up truck took out most of the front wall.
Jennifer Benedict's four-year-old step-son, Kevin, was sleeping on the couch when the truck came crashing in.
Benedict says the child was sleeping so peacefully that there was no need to move him into his bedroom.
Which turned out to be the right move because if he'd been in his bed, little Kevin might've been hit by the truck.
"His bedroom is covered in rubble and he either would've been seriously injury or I don't want to think about what could've happened to him if he was in his room," said Jennifer Benedict.
As it was, the pick-up struck the couch he lay sleeping on, forcing the child onto the floor. but he was okay.
Police say the 17-year-old driver of the truck, Andrew Wehrle, was driving under the influence of drugs. He had three other teens in the truck, including two thirteen year olds. So they've charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Police say Wehrle was driving on Bluebird Road to avoid a police check point in the village of South Glens Falls.
As for the Benedicts' home, the front wall was load bearing, so they can't move back into until it's repaired and an engineer says it's safe.
And they aren't too happy with the young man who's accused of causing all the damage.
"I think it's pretty stupid. I mean you know, not only that he was under the influence and driving around town but he had other kids with him and he was endangering their lives as well," said Benedict.
The driver of the truck is charged with DWAI drugs and endangering the welfare of a child.
He was also ticketed by village police for avoiding the checkpoint.