A toddler who for some reason chose to sleep with its parents escaped injury early Sunday morning when a drunken driver plowed through the portion of their mobile home in Sabattus where the child’s bedroom is located, police said.

Sgt. Gary Baillargeon of the Sabattus Police Department said he arrested the driver, Christopher Perron, 44, of Sabattus, and charged him with operating under the influence and failure to stop for a police officer.

Baillargeon said the child – he was unsure whether it was a boy or a girl – rarely sleeps with the parents, but for some reason did on Sunday.

“It was unusually lucky,” Baillargeon said.

Baillargeon said he was on routine patrol around 1:10 a.m. when Perron, who was driving a Dodge Dakota pickup truck, passed him in the opposite lane at a high speed.

Baillargeon activated his flashing blue lights, turned around and began to follow the truck. He said it was not a high-speed pursuit.

Perron crashed his truck into the mobile home at 134 Crowley Road. The impact destroyed a bathroom and collapsed the wall between the bathroom and the toddler’s bedroom. Naomi Widdecomb owned the home where the toddler lived.

“I need to find a home to live in. My house is gone,” Widdecomb told WCSH-TV.

Perron contined driving forward, smashing into a parked pickup truck at 130 Crowley Road, police said. The impact pushed the truck into another mobile home and sent Perron into the backyard where his truck hit a heating oil tank and rear deck.

Both homes sustained “excessive damage,” Baillargeon said. Though the homes were occupied, no one was injured.

Perron was taken to the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn, but was released Sunday after making bail. He is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 6.

More charges are likely to be filed against Perron, police said.


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