LENOX — A Pittsfield man escaped injury early Wednesday after he drove his car into a Housatonic Street storefront while suffering a diabetic episode.
Matthew Sadlowski, 30, of Newell Street, was traveling eastbound shortly before 7 a.m. when he lost control of his 2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser, which went over the curb, onto the sidewalk and struck the building, according to Lenox Police Chief Stephen O'Brien
Sadlowski was treated at the scene for his diabetic condition and released by Lenox Ambulance EMTs. The vehicle was extensively damaged on the driver's side and front end.
The building at 11 Housatonic St., which houses the Bookstore, Lenox Natural Foods and Lenox Print & Mercantile, sustained some damage to its facade.
There was no structural damage, but the built-out facade was affected, jamming the main door of Lenox Print & Mercantile, according to Bob Romeo, who has owned the building since 1978. Romeo said he had contacted Allegrone Construction to assess the damage.
The Bookstore and Lenox Natural Foods were operating normally on Wednesday.
There's a possibility of civil charges against the motorist, O'Brien said, and the department is determining whether an "immediate threat" complaint will be filed with the Registry of Motor Vehicles to determine whether Sadlowski is competent to drive.
Lenox Police Officers Paul Duval and Michael Smith responded to the scene, along with Lenox Fire and Ambulance.