SOUTHINGTON - A Bristol man accused of drunkenly crashing into a Southington building has been granted two programs that could spare him a conviction.
Nathan Cannon, 22, appeared Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court, where he was enrolled in Accelerated Rehabilitation - a first-time offender program - and the Alcohol Education Program - which consists of 10 or 15 counseling sessions in an alcohol intervention program. During Accelerated Rehabilitation, Cannon has been ordered to avoid any new arrests.
According to police, Cannon on Sept. 17 was driving west in a Volkswagen Jetta on West Main Street at about 2:27 a.m., when he left the roadway and crashed into the east side of the Hop Haus restaurant and bar. The crash closed the bar, at 22 West Main St., and a yoga studio on the second floor for a day or two.
No injuries were reported.
State prosecutors said Cannon left the scene of the crash and was later found walking nearby. He appeared under the influence of alcohol and was taken to an area hospital, according to state prosecutors. Charges were not immediately filed.
Cannon was arrested in October on charges of driving under the influence, evading responsibility and failure to drive in proper lane. The charges will be dropped on Jan. 15, 2019, if he is successful in both programs.
Cannon has been ordered to pay $3,300 for the damages caused to the building.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.