CENTER HARBOR – A teenager apparently lost control of his truck after losing his brakes and smashed into a local ice cream shop late Wednesday.
Police and fire rescue crews were called to Dewey's Ice Cream Parlor and Café at 34 Plymouth St. at about 5:20 p.m. for a report of a car crash into a building.
When they arrived, they found a red pickup truck had crashed into the building.
The male driver of the vehicle, who was not identified by police, was taken by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia with non-life threatening injuries, said Fire Chief Leon Manville.
The manager of Dewey's was on the scene but would not comment.
Tim Godin, a manager at Home Comfort Interior Decorator in a nearby office, said he heard brakes squealing and then a crash.
"Very louds squeals and then boom," he said.
Godin said police told him and the manager of Dewey's that the driver said he was coming down Coe Hill Road, which leads into downtown Center Harbor, and he tried to stop but his brakes failed.
"They said he tried to stop his momentum by turning (onto Plymouth Street), and he just crashed because he couldn't stop," Godin said.
Police confirmed the driver was in his teens, but would not give further details.