NEWBURYPORT — An Ipswich man who slammed his car into a home on Broadway Avenue in Ipswich while high on cocaine last winter was sentenced to 90 days house arrest after pleading guilty to several charges Tuesday in Ipswich District Court.
Nick Pappas, 21, was charged Jan. 29 with driving while under the influence of drugs; negligent operation of a motor vehicle; possession of a Class B substance; traveling at a speed greater than reasonable; and a stop sign violation.
During Tuesday's appearance in the Newburyport courthouse, Pappas was initially sentenced to two years in jail but saw all jail time suspended for two years while on probation. In addition to spending the next 90 days confined to his home — save for work or school — Pappas must remain drug and alcohol free with random screens. He also cannot drive for the next year and must attend two driver safety courses.
Judge Peter Doyle also ordered Pappas to write a letter of apology to the homeowners.
Police said that around noon on Jan. 29, Pappas drove his Mini Cooper through a stop sign on North Pearley Avenue and then crossed Broadway Avenue. His car then left the road, ran over a mailbox at 42 Broadway Ave., crossed the lawn and smashed into the house.
According to court records, Pappas drove through the garage before the car came to a stop in the basement. The impact severed a water line, which flooded the basement. One person was home at the time but was not injured. Two children who live there and play in the basement were not home.
Emergency personnel freed Pappas from his car. He appeared unhurt but was taken to Beverly Hospital as a precaution.
The home was left with a large hole in the garage wall, but it was deemed structurally sound by the building inspector, according to Ipswich police.
When firefighters arrived, Pappas was unresponsive, foaming at the mouth and drooling. Police estimated he was traveling about 50 mph when he crashed. Pappas had taken cocaine to stay awake while working as a food delivery driver, according to court records.
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