Driver arrested after chase, hitting house

Posted at 3:21 PM, Mar 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-26 15:21:09-04

EATON COUNTY, Mich. — A suspected drunken driver was taken into custody Friday night for driving erratically, running from police and then hitting a house.

At 10:40 p.m. Friday, an Eaton County Sheriff’s Office deputy working a special OWI enforcement assignment observed a vehicle on Waverly Road near Sandhurst Drive that was weaving in and out of its lane as well as speeding up and slowing down. The deputy believed the driver might be intoxicated and attempted a traffic stop.

The driver then turned onto a side street and appeared to be stopping, but then accelerated away from the deputy.

The vehicle traveled approximately four to five blocks before it left the roadway and struck a house in the 2600 block of South Deerfield Street, causing significant damage to the residence.

The two occupants inside the house were not injured.

The vehicle’s driver — a 29-year-old Lansing man — was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office plans to seek charges of second-offense operating while intoxicated, fleeing and eluding, and driving with a suspended license.