A 46-year-old man was taken to the hospital after his car crashed into a “New England for Trump” store in Easton Thursday evening, police said.
Sean Flaherty, of Raynham, crashed a 2015 Jetta Volkswagen into the store located at 620 Washington St. on Route 138 at 5:10 p.m., Easton police said in a statement on Facebook.
Flaherty was taken to Good Samaritan Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. One employee who had been in the store at the time, was not injured during the crash, police said.
Flaherty was charged with reckless operation of a motor vehicle and malicious destruction of property, police said. Additional charges may be filed, the department said.
Keith Lambert, the store’s owner, said the vehicle went all the way to the back of the store.
“Luckily no one was inside, but like 10-minutes prior to him hitting the store there was a little boy and his mom in here,” Lambert said by telephone Thursday night. “Ten-minutes later, the clerk who was working here would have been going to the bathroom and would have walked right into where the car was going to come in, so it was very close.”
“It was too close to home for something like that,” Lambert added.
The crash caused tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage, Lambert said.
The store will be temporarily closed, he said. It will be about a week or so until the store reopens.
Customers will be able to shop from their Freedom trailer , which will be located on the street in front of the store.
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