Authorities: Car hits house, driver hides in shed

After a car struck a house just north of Decatur, three of the people inside it ran away. (Feb. 7, 2015)

DECATUR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Van Buren County authorities say three people ran away after the car they were riding in struck a house just north of Decatur Saturday night.

Around 11 p.m., the driver of a 1997 Cadillac lost control while heading east on Parkhurst Drive and was unable to stop at the M-51 stop sign, according to a release from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office. The car then hit a house, after which three of the four people in it took off.

The K-9 unit tracked the 22-year-old driver to a nearby shed, where he was found hiding under a tarp, the sheriff’s office said. He was treated for minor injuries at the hospital and then taken to the Van Buren County Jail.

He faces charges of operating while intoxicated, OWI with an occupant under the age of 16, leaving the scene of a personal injury crash and illegal entry, as well as for violating a conditional bond that prohibited him from drinking.

One of the other passengers, a 17-year-old, was also taken to the jail for being minor in possession of alcohol by consumption.

The last two passengers, ages 16 and 13, were turned over to family members.

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