A former Today show movie critic is facing criminal charges after crashing his car into a house, having fallen asleep at the wheel.
Gene Shalit was out in his Honda Element in Lenox, Massachusetts, on Wednesday when he dropped off and lost control.
The car was sent careering into a utility pole, at which point Shalit would appear to have woken, swerving and crashing into the home.
Its facade suffered damage but there were no injuries, owners Donald and Gracie Rawson being out at the time.
‘The pole slowed him down, otherwise he may have ended up in my living room,’ Mrs Rawson told saratogian.com. ‘This doesn’t happen every day.’
Shalit, known for his bushy hair and mustache, was also unhurt. He confessed to having fallen asleep to attending officers.
The 86-year-old faces a charge of driving to endanger. If found guilty, he could have his license suspended or revoked.
Other penalties could include a fine of $200 or a jail sentence of up to two years, the news site reported.
Shalit reviewed movies for NBC’s Today show from 1973 until he retired in 2010. He lives close to where the crash happened, in Stockbridge.