Car Strikes Garage Displacing Residents
A Gillette residence was deemed unsafe yesterday after a man allegedly under the influence of alcohol purposefully ran into his garage at a fast speed.
Yesterday evening, the Gillette Police Department (GPD) responded to the 800 block of Sutherland Cove Lane in reference to a vehicle crash report.
According to GPD Lt. Brent Wasson, the investigation revealed that a 35-year-old man may have intentionally driven his 2012 Dodge through the closed garage door of his residence, pushing the 2017 Chevrolet that was parked in the garage through the wall on the north side of the family’s home.
The man told officers that he had consumed beer since having left work, that he and his wife had been having relationship issues, and he became angry so he went home to confront his wife, and proceeded to run through the closed garage door at a high rate of speed, Wasson said.
An unidentified source said that the man had rammed the garage five to six times with his vehicle.
Three adults and three children were inside the home at the time the incident occurred, Wasson noted, adding that one adult was on the front porch at the time. No injuries were reported, however both vehicles and the residence sustained extensive damage, according to law enforcement.
Due to the level of damage the home, GPD officers contacted a building inspector to examine the scene. The residence was deemed to be unsafe based on damages to a load-bearing wall, thus displacing the residents, according to Wasson.
The 35-year-old man was arrested for DWUI, no insurance, and seven counts of reckless endangerment.