A 3-year-old girl was injured when a pickup crashed into a building on Buddington Road in Groton Monday.
Authorities said the vehicle hit a tree before crashing into the building at 70 Buddington Road around 7:20 p.m.
According to police, 29-year-old Maxwell Nucci, of Niantic, was driving a pickup truck when he failed to turn into a condominium complex, left the road and hit a tree before hitting building 68 of the Laurel Glen condo complex. The pickup crashed into a storage unit. The person in the condo above was not hurt.
Investigators said Nucci was using his phone without a hands-free device and was found to be operating under the influence at the time of the crash.
Sgt. Paul Reams with Groton Police confirmed a 3-year-old girl in the pickup was injured. She was transported to Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London to be treated for injuries that were considered serious, but not life-threatening.
Reams said Nucci is the child's father and that his vehicle was involved in a hit-and-run crash on Drozdyk Drive right before the Buddington Road crash.
Authorities said a vehicle was traveling east on Drozdyk Drive near Michelle Lane when the driver slowed down to turn into a driveway. When the vehicle slowed, Nucci hit the back of the car. The driver of the other car, 27-year-old Kaitlyn MacPeek, of Quaker Hill, was taken to Pequot Medical Center in Groton for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.
Police said Nucci took off from that scene, then cut into the Laurel Glen condominium development off Buddington Road before crashing into a tree and hitting a building.
Nucci suffered a minor injury, police said. He has been taken into custody.
Police said Nucci is facing charges including assault with a motor vehicle, reckless driving, driving unreasonably fast, operating under the influence and reckless endangerment.
He was released on a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on August 7.