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Restaurant Destroyed By Fire After Drunk Driver Crashes Into Building, Police Say

The Gunk Haus Restaurant was destroyed by a fire after a vehicle crashed into the building.
The Gunk Haus Restaurant was destroyed by a fire after a vehicle crashed into the building. Photo Credit: Candace Mccutcheon GoFundMe

A 47-year-old man was charged with DWI after allegedly crashing his vehicle into a popular restaurant that then burst into flames.

The incident took place in Ulster County around 9:40 p.m., Sunday, June 7, in the town of Lloyd, said Chief of Lloyd Police James Janson.

According to Janso, William Judge, of Highland, was driving south on South Street when lost control of his 2019 Subaru and crashed through the front room of the Gunk Haus Restaurant.

The restaurant then caught fire following the collision causing extensive damage to the restaurant, Janso said.

The restaurant was closed at the time of the accident. 

Judge, who was the only occupant of the vehicle was transported to Vassar Hospital by New Paltz Rescue Squad for facial and hand injuries, Janso said.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated and released on an appearance ticket. Judge is due to appear in court on Thursday, Aug. 13.

Lloyd Police were assisted at the scene by New York, State Police, Clintondale Fire, Highland Fire Department, and the New Paltz Rescue Squad.

A GoFundMe effort has been started to help the owners of the restaurant rebuild. To donate, click here. 

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