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Driver saved by son in Fitchburg crash charged with drunken driving

FITCHBURG — The father of an 8-year-old Massachusetts boy who crawled from the wreckage of a crashed car and ran for help is facing drunken driving and other charges.

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reported that 30-year-old Eugenio Garcia of Fitchburg was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty Monday to charges stemming from the crash early Thursday.

Garcia’s son, Joshua, was hailed as a hero for getting help after their car rolled onto its roof in the Nashua River.

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With his father unconscious, the boy wriggled from the wreckage and ran barefoot nearly a mile home. His mother called 911. Police said the father had been drinking in the hours before the crash.