Police: Driver on his way to buy cocaine before crash
ERVING — A Belchertown man faces drunken and drugged driving charges after an accident that closed Route 2 for 12 hours and knocked out power to many in town.
Police charged Nelson Kuilan, 39, with operating under the influence of liquor, operating under the influence of drugs (cocaine), possession of cocaine and speeding.
When Kuilan crashed his Nissan Sentra into a utility pole on Route 2 near the Farley Flats at about 9 p.m. Friday, the pole came down, blocking both lanes of the busy road, and starting a small fire, according to trooper Chanel Moreau.
Kuilian was bloodied, but up and walking around when emergency responders arrived, said Moreau. The driver, who was the car’s only occupant, was taken to Athol Memorial Hospital for treatment.
Moreau said police had received a tip about a similar car heading west on Route 2 and driving “all over the road” before the accident.
“(Kuilan) was completely inebriated; he didn’t even know where he was,” said Moreau. “He was trying to get back to Belchertown.”
The trooper said a blood alcohol reading was not taken on scene, but that police obtained a warrant to have Kuilan’s blood tested at the hospital.
In Kuilan’s car, troopers found cocaine residue in several empty plastic bags and a small spoon-like device used to measure and snort the drug, said Moreau.
The driver told police he was on his way to buy more cocaine when he crashed, according to Moreau.
The downed pole knocked out power to more than 20 households, and as many as 172 had to be temporarily shut off while National Grid fixed the problem.
The road remained closed until a single lane was reopened around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, and both lanes were cleared by 10 a.m.
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