A New York man who drove through Claremont’s Opera House Square before crashing into the Moody Building while allegedly under the influence of alcohol last fall will stand trial in August. 55-year-old Patrick Taylor, of Hancock, New York is facing felony charges of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon and criminal mischief resulting in the loss of more than $1,500 stemming from the December 17th incident.
He was indicted by a Sullivan County Grand Jury earlier this year. Taylor, who is currently free on personal recognizance bail, also faces charges of driving under the influence of drugs and simple assault in Claremont district court stemming from the incident.
The 123-year-old Moody Building – owned by the Zullo/Dauphin Group – received extensive damage to two concrete posts near the curb line, with one shattering the window of the neighboring Farro Deli.
Total damage to the Moody Building was estimated at approximately $38,000 dollars. The columns have since been repaired and the building shows no signs of the damage done.