This Christmas Eve, a vehicle wound up on the front lawn of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson's house.
It turned out that the motorist, Donald Blood III of Marlboro, Massachusetts, had been driving under the influence of alcohol.
Blood was asked by the police about what determined him to park his car in the Wilson yard, and responded he thought it was a parking lot.
According to the Rutland Herald, the residence is located on Village Street in Dorset, Vermont. Police were called in at 7:30 p.m. on December 24, to investigate the incident.
Trooper Christopher Burnett of the Vermont State Police stated that officers performed routine investigations to determine Blood had been drinking at the time. He is scheduled to appear in Bennington court on January 14, and will be facing criminal charges.
The facility if used weekly for Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Now a museum and living memorial, it has been registered as a historic property in November 1995.
The Wilson residence, built in 1852, is the birthplace of the AA initiator. When he was born, in 1895, it was being used as a hotel, and run by Wilson's parents.
It underwent restoration works starting in 1987, prior to its inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
“The Wilson House has been lovingly restored and is being maintained as a living memorial to Bill W., as a place of sanctuary where people can come to give thanks to God for their new lives. […] The peaceful, quiet spirit of The Wilson House is conducive to prayer, meditation, reading or just ‘being,’” the description on its website reads.
Bill Wilson, sometimes referred to as Bill W., passed away in 1971, Wikipedia notes. He was included by Time magazine in its 1999 “Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century.”