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