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Cops: Driver Charged After Crashing SUV Into Queens Church

Damage at Arverne Pilgrim Church (credit: CBS 2)

Damage at Arverne Pilgrim Church (credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Brooklyn man is facing charges after driving an SUV through a church wall, police said.

The incident occurred around 3 a.m. Tuesday in the Rockaways.

Police said 49-year-old Lloyd Deslorimonte apparently lost control of the vehicle before it rammed into the Arverne Pilgrim Church on Beach Channel Drive.

Pastor Dennis Loncke said the building had been badly damaged in last year’s superstorm.

“It is an amazing occurrence because we are now trying to recover from Sandy and everything was gut out due to Sandy and now we have to start the process all over again,” Loncke said.

One wall of the church was completely destroyed and two others cracked.

Deslorimonte has been charged with driving without a license.

No injuries were reported.