Car smashes into hotel lobby in Hamden - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Car smashes into hotel lobby in Hamden

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HAMDEN, CT (WFSB) -

Guest staying in the Clarion Hotel and Suites in Hamden were awaken early Sunday morning to find a car sitting in the lobby of the hotel.

Hamden police said the crash happened Sunday morning at about 3:30 a.m. at the hotel located at 2260 Whitney Avenue just off Route 15.

Police did not say if anyone was injured in the crash, but did say the driver of the car, 39-year-old Corey Merritt of Hamden was arrested.

Merritt fled from the scene after the crash, but was taken into custody a short time later by police while walking on Whitney Avenue. 

The crash left behind extensive damage to the hotels front doors and lobby.

Merritt was charged with reckless driving, evading responsibility and operating under suspension. He will appear in Meriden Superior Court on December 18. 

WFSB has a crew heading to the scene and will bring you the latest updates as they come into our newsroom.

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