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Jan 11, 2016 6:12 PM

Hudson church left picking up the pieces after accused drunken driver crashes through entrance

HUDSON - Lise Sousa and her husband Frank have worked for years to maintain their church, a symbol of hope and help to so many in the community.

The church has been in better shape.

“This morning when I came upon it, the damage, it was devastating,” said Lise Sousa. “I mean by the grace of God the driver wasn’t hurt but he hurt the parish,” said Sousa.

Hudson Police arrived at the scene at 5 a.m. on Monday morning after they said a Nashua man crashed his car into the church - taking out the entrance and the front window - while driving drunk.

“We do see our fair share of drunk drivers but in the past few years we have seen a decline of driving under the influence,” said Captain Bill Avery of the Hudson Police Department.

The staff at the Hudson Community Church told NH1 News that the driver was uninsured and that finding the funds to repair will be difficult and are asking the community to give any donations they can.

But the staff said they have no harsh feelings toward the driver.

“He can always come here and talk to someone if he needs to - even me,” said Sousa.

The parish is working on relocating the food services like weekly hot meals served to the less fortunate to another area in the church while repairs get underway.

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