Vehicle hits house, alleged drunk driver arrested

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Kalamazoo public safety officers have arrested a 21-year-old who is accused of driving a vehicle into a home while drunk overnight.

It happened around 3:45 a.m. on W. Michigan Avenue near Emajean Street, about one mile west of Western Michigan University’s campus, according to Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley.

Police said the suspect was driving east on W. Michigan Avenue when their car left the road and hit the house where five Western Michigan University students lived.

The suspect then ditched the car and took off on foot. A K-9 was brought in to track the driver, who was later found at a home in the 2800 block of Westbrook Drive, about a mile away from the scene.

The 21-year-old from Kalamazoo was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of an accident, driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license.

No one was injured in the home, Hadley said. However, the home was evacuated and a building inspector was called in to check its structural integrity before anyone could go back inside.

The owner of the home told 24 Hour News 8 that the house was unstable and it would take a couple of weeks for it to be repaired.

“It depends on if we can get the contractor out here in time to fix the house,” said Scott Stoneburner.

Hadley said officers believe alcohol was a factor in the wreck because bottles were found in the suspect’s vehicle.

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