PLAINVILLE - A Plainville man has completed a program that allowed for a DUI charge in connection with an accident in which he struck two teenagers, to be dropped.
Colin Kenniston, 46, of 95 Hollyberry Lane, had the DUI charge against him dismissed by order of a judge during a hearing Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court. He was not present for the hearing.
Kenniston last year pleaded guilty to one count of evading responsibility after striking a utility pole on Redstone Hill Road on Oct. 31, 2016, before jumping a curb, going through a fence and crashing into a residential backyard, striking a 17-year-old and a 14-year-old who were sitting on an outdoor couch. The homeowner, who was hosting a children’s birthday party with about 15 children in attendance, called 911 minutes after the crash and said the driver ran away.
According to police, the 17-year-old said he felt pain in his right shin. The 14-year-old, who also said she was struck, complained of pain to her left elbow and left thigh. Neither child went to the hospital.
Last August, Kenniston was sentenced to a year in prison, suspended, and two years probation in connection with the evading responsibility charge. He was also ordered to complete the Alcohol Education Program, which includes between 10-15 counseling sessions in alcohol intervention.
The disposition crafted by state prosecutors and a judge called for Kenniston to plead guilty to leaving the scene of the accident, but it allowed him to avoid prosecution on the allegation that he was possibly under the influence. Officials on Tuesday, in court, said Kenniston was successful in completing the Alcohol Education Program.