A bizarre crash early Saturday morning resulted in severe damage to a local donut shop, shutting down a local business owner’s livelihood and sending a Hempstead County man to jail for DWI.
Shortly before 2 a.m. on Saturday, December 7, 64-year-old Jeffrey Tredwell reportedly called in to Hope Central Dispatch and told dispatchers that he thought he crashed into Hope Donuts on East 3rd St. at Rosston Rd. Officers responded to the business and found a large hole through the front wall of the building and severe damage to the interior.
During the call reporting the crash, dispatch was apparently given Tredwell’s name and address because officers requested a Hempstead County Deputy due to the address being outside the city limits.
Corporal Dean of the Hope Police Department and Deputy Garner drove to the address on Hempstead 104 North where they located a white Dodge Ram Heavy Duty with minor damage to the front and sides and what appeared to be pieces of the donut shop lying next to and even still hanging off of it.
Officer Dean and Deputy Garner made contact with Tredwell and went inside the residence to talk to him. A short time later, they exited the house with Tredwell in handcuffs and led him to the deputy’s truck. Tredwell was transported to the Hempstead County Detention Facility and charged with leaving the scene of an accident and violation of the Omnibus DWI Act.
The vehicle was traveling east on East 3rd St. (Highway 67) when the crash occurred. Tire tracks through the grass indicate it veered across the oncoming lane and went into a skid through the grass and across the parking lot before crashing through the front of the building and through the counter, pushing kitchen equipment and shelving all the way to the back wall of the building. The vehicle was then backed out of the building and driven from the scene.
Sofia, the owner of Hope Do-Nuts, and her daughter were visibly upset when they saw the state of their business. Sofia said that she sold everything she had to buy the donut shop in February of this year and is concerned about being closed because she is dependent on the income from her business to pay her rent and other bills. She hopes to be able to get things cleared up and patched well enough to be open for business as quick as possible.
Thankfully, the crash occurred about an hour before Sofia and her employees normally come in to start prepping to open at 5 a.m. so no one was inside at the time. No one was injured in the crash.