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STONINGTON — A Mystic man is facing charges after police said he drove over the lawn of a neighbor's home along Greenmanville Avenue and struck their hedges, causing damage to both, then parked his car and went home without notifying anyone.

Stephen Carlisle Guthrie, 27, of 134 Greenmanville Ave., was charged Friday evening with driving under the influence, evading responsibility in a crash causing damage to property and failure to drive to the right.

According to a police report, officers were called to the area of Twister's Ice Cream on Route 27 around 6:30 p.m. after witnesses told the police that a man had attempted to make a left turn onto Pleasant Street from Route 27 Southbound, but drove off of the roadway and onto a lawn at 136 Greenmanville Ave., striking hedges at the property.

The crash caused minor damage to Guthrie's car, as well as damage to both the hedges and the lawn. Guthrie was not injured, the police said, and no one else was involved.

Witnesses told officers that Guthrie corrected his car and parked it on Pleasant Street before then walking to a nearby house, which police later confirmed to be his home. Officers spoke with Guthrie at his house and he admitted to be involved in the crash during a conversation with officers.

According to the police, he showed multiple signs of intoxication and was given a field sobriety test, which he failed. He was taken into custody without further incident.

Guthrie was later released after posting a $1,000 non-surety bond, according to Stonington police. He is due in New London Superior Court for arraignment on June 17.

jvallee@thewesterlysun.com

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