A Massachusetts Uber driver is facing numerous charges after police say he nearly crashed his car into a Dunkin' Donuts store while driving under the influence of drugs.
Denys N. Corso, 49, of Arlington, is charged with operating under the influence of drugs (subsequent offense), operating to endanger and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan said he was standing outside the Dunkin' Donuts on Summer Street speaking to a resident at 11:45 a.m. Monday when a blue Ford Explorer entered the parking lot and drove over a curb and flower bed, nearly hitting the building before coming to rest in a parking space with its two front wheels over the curb and on the elevated walkway.
Ryan said he made contact with the driver, later identified as Corso, who said he did not realize that his car was parked on the walkway.
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Police said Corso appeared confused and displayed signs of impairment. He reportedly told officers that he was an Uber driver and needed to get to work.
After failing several field sobriety tests, Corso was arrested. Police said further investigation indicated that he might have used opioids prior to his arrival at the Dunkin' Donuts. A search of his vehicle turned up several unknown pills that will now be tested.
"This was a dangerous situation, where an individual allegedly under the influence of drugs drove recklessly through a busy parking lot and nearly struck a building," Ryan said. "What matters most is that no innocent people were hurt."
No information on when Corso will appear on court or whether he has an attorney yet was immediately available.