Man charged with DWI after 5 parked cars are struck

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Norwich - Police said a Gales Ferry man whose license was suspended was charged with drunken driving Monday after a motor vehicle mishap.

Patrol officers were called to the Ames Plaza on Salem Turnpike about 1:10 p.m. to respond to a report of a hit-and-run accident at the entrance to the shopping center, police said. No one was injured in the incident.

They said the driver, later identified as William P. O'Hearn, 27, of 7 Parkwood Road, Gales Ferry, continued into the parking area to the rear of Connecticut Works, where his car struck five parked cars.

Police charged O'Hearn with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving with a suspended license, and two counts of evading responsibility.

Five cars were towed from the scene. O'Hearn was held in police custody on $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Norwich Superior Court this morning.

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