Alleged drunk driver plows into home north of LaPorte

(Photo supplied/LaPorte COunty Sheriff's Office)

An SUV ended up driving into the side of a house north of LaPorte Friday morning.

The crash happened shortly after 6 a.m. Friday at a home in the 4000 block of U.S. 35, which is about two miles north of LaPorte.

When officers arrived, they found a gray SUV that had left the roadway and plowed into the southeast corner of a house. They also found the driver, 19-year-old Lincoln Steinhiser.

(Photo supplied/LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office)

Investigators determined Steinheiser tried to pass another vehicle in a no-passing lane at a high rate of speed, lost control, slid across three lanes of U.S. 35, and ended up in the house. The house itself was substantially damaged and was knocked several inches off the foundation. Luckily, several people inside the house, including children, were not hurt.

Steinhiser was taken to the LaPorte Hospital, but reportedly tried to leave the emergency room without being taken into custody. He refused medical treatment and was uncooperative when he was taken to LaPorte County Jail, according to officers.

Steinhiser reportedly tested 0.16% on a portable breath test. He’s initially charged Operating While Intoxicated, Resisting Law Enforcement, and Minor Consuming Alcohol.


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