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Posted on Mon, Jun 4, 2012 : 6:38 p.m.

Man suspected of being drunk drives into tree and house, rolls car

By Kyle Feldscher

A Saline homeowner was rudely awakened early Saturday when the car of an Ypsilanti man suspected of being intoxicated clipped her house, turned over, slid down a hill and landed in a neighbor’s driveway.

According to a Saline police report, no one was injured in the accident. Police and firefighters went at 2:19 a.m. Saturday to the 700 block of Ann Arbor Street after being notified of the accident.

Upon arrival, police and firefighters found the 2007 Chevrolet Colbalt upside down in the driveway of the home next door. Firefighters had to break out the rear window of the Cobalt in order to remove the man on a backboard, according to the report.

Officers responding to the scene saw tire tracks heading west across Ann Arbor Street, going over the curb into the home’s yard, the report stated. It was determined the car struck a tree in the home’s yard and then hit the southeast corner of the house.

The car slid down a slight hill into the neighbor’s yard and came to rest on the roof.

Officers could smell alcohol on the man’s breath, but were not able to do field sobriety tests because the man was being treated for possible injuries he suffered in the crash. He did not have any visual injuries, but was transported to the hospital.

A blood sample was taken and will be tested to determine the man’s intoxication level. He also told police he had taken Vicodin and Xanax about 12 hours before the crash, according to the report.

The case has been passed on to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

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Wed, Jun 6, 2012 : 9:37 p.m. bad

Adam Nola

Wed, Jun 6, 2012 : 11:58 a.m.

It was my house. If the tree hadn't been there, the driver would have gone through the wall into the house where a little girl was sleeping. That wall, exactly at that corner. She could have been killed. Those who think it's "exciting" or funny obviously is a clueless moron!

Bertha Venation

Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 8:24 p.m.

I'm so sorry. I don't t hink it's funny at all. Very scary! You're right.... thank goodness the tree WAS there.


Tue, Jun 5, 2012 : 7:43 p.m.

Officers smelled alcohol on the victim, of course not being able to smell Vicodin or Xanax. A blood sample should show the drugs too. What a combination eh?

Bertha Venation

Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 8:23 p.m.

Officer, I just feel sooooo relaaaaaxedl.

Madeleine Borthwick

Tue, Jun 5, 2012 : 6:03 p.m.

this person is luckier than he deserves to be.....he's lucky it wasn't OUR house he crashed into.....!!

Bertha Venation

Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 8:22 p.m.

hmmm I can't imagine him surviving if it was. ;)

Mark Hergott

Tue, Jun 5, 2012 : 1:35 a.m.

Man, Ypsilanti is truly a mixed bag today. At least no one got hurt.


Tue, Jun 5, 2012 : 5:14 p.m.

when the car of an Ypsilanti man suspected of being intoxicated clipped her house, turned over, slid down a hill and landed in a neighbor's driveway.


Tue, Jun 5, 2012 : 2:47 p.m.

What's Ypsi have to do with this article???


Tue, Jun 5, 2012 : 12:21 a.m.

It is unfair to presume guilt, when neither the house nor the tree were drug tested.

Madeleine Borthwick

Tue, Jun 5, 2012 : 6:01 p.m.


Perry White

Tue, Jun 5, 2012 : 12:17 a.m.

Your map shows this to be South Ann Arbor St., but you don't specify in the story. Is it indeed South? Seems that this ought to be included. It's an incomplete address otherwise.

Jon Saalberg

Mon, Jun 4, 2012 : 11:50 p.m.

This guy is so awesome, we need more excitement like this in our dull technology ridden sedentary society.

Ann English

Mon, Jun 4, 2012 : 11:37 p.m.

I thought this was the second vehicular accident in Saline during the past five months in which Vicodin was involved.

Bertha Venation

Tue, Jul 31, 2012 : 8:21 p.m.

Did I miss something? I didn't read anything about Vicodin.


Mon, Jun 4, 2012 : 10:54 p.m.

Can't wait to get a name o plug into OTIS. Betcha this won't be his first rodeo...