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Suspected DUI driver crashes truck into several parked cars at home in Cedar Lake, Indiana

Vaseline 2 months ago

CEDAR LAKE, Ind. (CBS) — A Schererville man is accused of driving under the influence after crashing a truck into several parked cars Saturday morning, sending one into a home in Cedar Lake, Indiana.

The 19-year-old is charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, driving while suspended prior to sentencing, reckless driving and light alcohol consumption. He was also cited for distracted driving, operating a motor vehicle without financial responsibility and disregarding a stop sign.

Cedar Lake Police said officers were dispatched to the 14600 block of Cline Ave just before 4 a.m. for a vehicle that struck several parked vehicles and a house.

Upon arrival, it was determined that the man had crashed a 2005 Chevrolet utility vehicle into three vehicles parked in a driveway, causing those vehicles to enter the home and gate at the site.

Police said the driver was heading east on West 147th Avenue, which ends at Cline Ave. He failed to stop at the stop sign and left skid marks before hitting an off-duty Lake County Sheriff’s police vehicle, which he pushed into a Dodge Durango and a car. Jeep. All three vehicles, including the truck, were severely damaged.

The Dodge was pushed against the house, the gas meter and the air conditioner, as well as a fence, police said.

The vehicles and home were owned by the off-duty Lake County Sheriff’s officer and his wife, who lived in the home. No injuries have been reported.

That driver told police he was looking down at his phone while driving at 60 mph in a posted 30 mph zone. He suffered minor injuries and was suspected of driving a vehicle under the influence, police said.

He was taken to a local hospital, where a warrant was obtained for a blood draw after he refused to submit to an alcohol test, before being taken to the Lake County Jail.

The investigation into the case remains ongoing, pending a toxicology report.