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Orchard Park driver 'knocked out behind the wheel' after hitting tree

An Orchard Park man is accused of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol Saturday night after his vehicle went off the road and struck a tree head-on after hitting several other objects, town police reported.

Police were called about 8 p.m. to Baker Road, north of Orchard Park High School, for a report of a driver "knocked out behind the wheel," police said in a written release.

The driver was found to be unconscious and officers began to administer first aid, police said. Witnesses told police the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Baker Road and running other cars off the road.

The vehicle sideswiped a mailbox, smashed into a guardrail and re-entered the roadway for a short distance before striking a telephone pole. The vehicle also entered a resident’s front lawn, crashed into a large boulder and continued head-on into a tree, police said.

After regaining consciousness, the driver, Mark D. O'Connor, 39, of Orchard Park, exhibited signs of drug and alcohol impairment and was charged with operating under the influence of drugs and alcohol, reckless driving and other traffic violations, police said.

He was transported to Mercy Hospital. A drug recognition expert from the Buffalo Police Department assisted Orchard Park police.

O'Connor had been arrested by Orchard Park police the morning of March 17 and charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and alcohol after he was involved in another motor vehicle accident on Milestrip Road, police said.

O'Connor was scheduled to appear in town court at a later date.

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