TOWN OF ONONDAGA, N.Y. — A Syracuse man was caught on camera backing up into a grocery store and driving away Tuesday evening, state police said.
A customer also saw Louis Fournier IV, 32, back his Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck into the grocery store, and damage a 4-to 6-foot section of brick of the building’s main entrance, state police Zone Sgt. Scott Kedenburg said. The customer then alerted employees, who called 911 at 6:48 p.m.
When state police arrived at Green Hills Farms, at 5933 S. Salina St. in Nedrow, the driver had already left the scene, Kedenburg said. Troopers reviewed video surveillance and identified Fournier as the driver, he said.
Troopers went to Fournier’s home, at 2521 Bellevue Ave., and knocked on the door. As two patrol cars sat in his driveway, state police say they saw Fournier drive past his house in his pickup truck. They followed him down the road and stopped him, Kedenburg said.
State police found a small amount of marijuana in Fournier’s pickup truck, the sergeant said. They also say his driver’s license was suspended.
Fournier was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor, a misdemeanor; and leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and unsafe backing, all violations.
While talking with state police, Fournier told troopers he didn’t realize he had hit anything, Kedenburg said. But video showed Fournier’s pickup truck stop abruptly and shake forward and backward when it hit the brick on the east side of the store, the sergeant said. Troopers also noticed damage to the rear bumper to the right of the license plate on the newer model Chevy Silverado, he said.
The damage to the main entrance of the grocery store likely will cost more than $1,000 to repair, Kedenburg said.
When Fournier backed into the building, it offset the brick about 1 to 2 inches, Kedenburg said. The section of brick that was damaged spanned 4 to 6 feet in length on the east side of the building at the main entrance, Kedenburg said. The brick is about 3 feet tall and sits below glass windows, which were not damaged, he said.
No one was injured and the store remained open, state police said.
Fournier was released on appearance tickets. He is scheduled to answer the charges in Onondaga Town Court at a later date.
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