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Car drives into Elmhurst house; York student charged with DUI, leaving scene

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013 10:39 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:58 p.m. CDT
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A police officer takes photos after a car crashed just before midnight Tuesday into the living room of a house on the 100 block of South Linden Avenue in Elmhurst.

ELMHURST – The Elmhurst Police arrested a 17-year-old York High School student after he drove into a house in the 100 block of South Linden Avenue on Tuesday night, according to Chief of Police Michael Ruth.

At 11:57 p.m., police responded to a call for a car which had struck a house. Upon arrival they discovered severe damage to the home and the remnant of a front bumper from a Volvo with a license plate in the street.

"Thank God no one was hurt," said Larry Norton, who lives in the home with his son, his fiance and her mother. Norton and his family were planning on having Thanksgiving dinner at their home Thursday, but the vehicle destroyed their dinning room table when it drove into the living room.

"We heard this boom and it kind of shook the whole house," Norton said.

Norton said his son was almost hit when he ran toward the car, while the driver pulled out and drove way, leaving his bumper and other car parts behind.

"We have tire marks inside the living room by the stairs," Norton said who has lived in the house for about 25 years.

Nearly the entire car was inside the house, Norton said. The house has since been boarded up, but Norton is waiting for an insurance agent before cleanup begins. He said the impact broke a couch in half, knocked out the bay window and destroyed nearly everything in his living room.

While investigating, police discovered the driver of the Volvo had also driven on to the parkway, across front lawns and stuck a fence in the 100 block of Poplar Avenue.

"When we got there the car was smoking," said Ruth.

The police found the severely damaged car parked in the driveway of the registered owner's home on Poplar Avenue. The driver was physically struggling with his mother to keep her from opening the front door and speaking with police when officers arrived, according to Ruth.

The 17-year-old was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident and driving under the influence of alcohol, but the incident remains under investigation and additional charges are pending.

"It was something you really don't plan on," Norton said. "It always happens to other people."

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