Damage caused after a driver crashed his SUV through the wall of the Irish Pub may take some time to repair, owner Cathy Burke said, but she was hopeful the bar will be able to reopen as soon as Friday.

Donald Preston Jr., 50, of Pleasantville, was charged with driving while intoxicated and issued summonses for careless driving and failure to stop while entering the roadway after his SUV broke through the brick wall of the 111-year-old building Sunday afternoon.

Preston had just been denied service, Burke said, when he left the pub shortly before the crash. Surveillance footage shows the SUV circling the parking lot across the street before driving straight into the pub near its front door.

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One patron suffered a minor injury, Fire Chief Dennis Brooks had said, but refused treatment at the scene.

No criminal charges had yet been filed against Preston, police said, but the investigation was ongoing.

Burke said, after speaking with engineers, “I hope to have temporary construction done to enable us to open, hopefully for the weekend.”

Complete restoration will take more time, she said. “But we’re not going to wait for that. The building will be safe, secure, warm and open for the weekend.”

Eventually, Burke wants to fully restore every part of the damaged bar, from its mahogany fixtures to its cedar wood bar, which was pushed in and dented in the crash.

“Different people have called or dropped by,” Burke said. “They give best wishes and they ask, ‘Are you going change things?’ I say, you can’t improve on perfection. I want everything to look exactly the same. To me, I want the Pub to be the Pub.”

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