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Construction crews and building officials spent Tuesday at El Chapin Guatemalan restaurant on Plainfield Street in Providence after a van smashed into the side of the building a day earlier.

Police charged Michael Ducharme, 57, of Hope with DWI after they found him unconscious behind the wheel and needed to use Narcan to revive him.

Narcan is commonly known as the antidote for opioid overdose victims.

The truck that Ducharme was allegedly driving was a Statewide Plumbing and Heating van.

NBC 10 News went to the company's Cranston office to get more information on Ducharme and what may have happened, but was turned away. The company sent a statement, saying that it is glad that no one was hurt and that it will do anything it can to help the restaurant rebuild as quickly as possible.

The statement went on to say, “We have no further details until we are contacted by the Providence Police Dept. (sic).”

The restaurant is owned by Elizabeth and Cesar Morales, who told NBC 10 Tuesday that her twin 9-year-old daughters were inside the restaurant when it happened. They were doing their homework near the wall that was crashed into, but moved about 10 minutes before the accident.

"They were scared, " Morales said of her daughters. "They saw the van is coming from that side, moved all the cars in the parking lot and hit there."

While Morales also said that she hopes the restaurant can reopen as soon as Friday, Ducharme remained in the hospital at last check.

When emergency crews arrived at the scene around 2 p.m., they discovered an unconscious man, suffering from an apparent overdose. They revived him and transported him to Rhode Island Hospital.

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