PITTSFIELD — A driver who’d fallen asleep at the wheel drove his car into a 123-year-old Victorian home, taking out two walls and a porch, Pittsfield police say.

The homeowners, Peter and Danna Hartel, were not injured. They were asleep when the car missed a curve and struck the house at 50 or 60 mph.

The Bangor Daily News reported that the driver, 42-year-old Kenneth Curtis of Newport, cut his head and was taken to a local hospital. Police say he was charged with having illegally attached plates and no insurance.

Peter Harten said it sounded like an earthquake or explosion when the car, a 2000 Kia, hit his home.


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