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CPD: Driver hits house on West Porter Ave., charged with OWI

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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.

According to 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 southbound.

Instead, police 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 intoxicated.

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 baby.”

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,” Coslet added.

Police estimated total damage to the Honda Odyssey and the house at up to $25,000.

McGrogan himself complained of pain to the arm and was treated at the scene, police said.



Posted 3/10/2017




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