Authorities: Car slams through house wall, suspect blames it on nonexistent driver

The vehicle broke through the concrete brick wall and threw the bed across the room.
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A Minnesota man, after slamming his car into a house so hard it broke through a brick wall, opted to blame the incident on a nonexistent driver.

This is from the Benton County Sheriff's Office, which said the crash happened late Sunday night in Rice.

A 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue left the roadway, drove through a ditch, and struck the house at 371 Little Rock Rd. NW. It hit the outside of the bedroom wall so hard, it broke through the concrete blocks walls and threw the bed across the room.

The engine compartment was inside the home when it stopped.

When authorities arrived, they found a 30-year-old Brooklyn Park man as a passenger in the vehicle. The man told police his friend was driving, and ran away after crashing.

So authorities, naturally, looked – but found nobody in the area matching the description of the driver.

And later, while investigating, they found evidence that the 30-year-old was actually the only person in the car at the time.

What's more, the man appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance, and was arrested. He's facing possible DWI and possession charges.

Fortunately, the homeowner wasn't in bed when the crash happened and was not hurt. But the sheriff's office said it's "another example of the dangers of impaired driving."

"We continue to encourage people to make good choices before getting behind the wheel and to report any suspected impaired drivers to law enforcement promptly," the sheriff's office added.

The Department of Public Safety says, in 2015, 411 people died in crashes on Minnesota roads. And of those, 95 deaths came in cases where a driver was over the legal alcohol limit (that’s above 0.08).

Another 2,203 people had serious injuries from an alcohol-related crash.

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