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Wendell man arrested on child endangerment, drunk driving charges

MONTAGUE — A Wendell man was arrested on drunken driving charges after plowing his car into a snowbank with his children in the vehicle.

Eric Newman, 43, was arrested on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol and child endangerment.

“Luckily, nobody was injured,” said Sgt. Richard Suchanek.

Suchanek said that a one-year-old child in the vehicle had been placed in a child’s car seat, but the car seat had not been secured with the car’s seatbelt. He said it appeared that the driver and an older child were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

Newman and his 1- and 9-year-old children were uninjured, and the children were reunited with their mother, according to Suchanek.

Suchanek said Newman was driving a small car north on Route 63 near Highland Street at about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday when he lost control and went off the road, striking a snow bank.

Suchanek said Newman was “obviously intoxicated,” though the driver refused to take field sobriety and Breathalyzer tests.

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