A mother and her
infant were transported to hospital late Thursday night after a driver later
found to be intoxicated crashed into their residence in the 1900 block of
West Porter Ave., Chesterton Police said.
police, at 10:48 p.m. Nicholas A. McGrogan, 37, of 516 S. 20th St. in
Chesterton, was southbound on South 19th Street “at a high rate of speed”
when he failed either to make a turn onto West Porter Ave. or else to
negotiate the slight jog to the east where South 19th Street continues
said, McGrogan continued roughly straight, crossed the west- and eastbound
lanes of West Porter Ave., and hit the corner of a house just west of the
southwest intersection of West Porter Ave. and South 19th Street.
Police said that
McGrogan showed signs of intoxication and subsequently registered a blood
alcohol content of .12 percent on a certified chemical test. McGrogan was
transported to Porter County Jail on a charge of operating while
At the time of the
crash, the three residents of the house in question--including the mother
and her 6-month-old infant--were together in the living room, police said.
The mother advised police that her wrist and knee had been injured “from the
vehicle driving through the house and pushing the furniture into her and her
The mother and the
infant were both transported to the Franciscan Alliance ER department on
Indian Boundary Road, although police said that it appeared as though the
baby sustained no injuries.
Capt. Tony Coslet
of the Chesterton Fire Department told the Chesterton Tribune this
morning that McGrogan’s 2008 Honda Odyssey minivan “protruded a couple of
feet into the structure” and did damage to both the residence’s exterior
wall and foundation. Because, however, the home’s ground floor was raised
several feet up over grade, most of the damage was done to the structure’s
crawl space. The vehicle itself sustained “pretty good front-end damage,”
total damage to the Honda Odyssey and the house at up to $25,000.
complained of pain to the arm and was treated at the scene, police said.