Crime

Ceiling, wall of home drunken driver backed into deemed unstable, fire officials say

22-year-old faces drunken driving charge in crash

MADISON, Wis. - A father and his two children narrowly escaped injury Sunday morning when a drunken driver reversed her car into the living room of their home, police say.

A police incident report said a drunken driver reversed into an Ondossagon Way home, almost injuring the family. The father stubbed his toe, but no one else was injured.

When the car hit the home, flying debris knocked the father out of his recliner. His infant daughter in a jumper chair was two to three feet from where the car stopped. His 2-year-old daughter was 10 feet away at the kitchen table.

Before the collision, concerned neighbors on Madeline Island called an ambulance after finding the driver asleep in a locked and running car. The woman came around as the ambulance arrived.

Police say she put the car in reverse, drove quickly across a yard, over playground equipment and ultimately impacting the home.

The Madison Fire Department said a city of Madison building inspector determined the ceiling and a wall were no longer stable, so the fire department's Heavy Urban Rescue Team came to shore up the home and provide stability to prevent collapse. MG&E also responded to check on a furnace vent that was stripped away by the vehicle's impact. Utilities to the home were shut down for safety.

Fire crews also guided the residents through next steps, including what measures to take in order to make the house livable again. A tow truck was called to remove the vehicle from the home.

Police arrested 22-year-old Morgan L. McKenna, of Oregon, pn suspicion of second-degree reckless endangerment and second-offense operating while intoxicated.

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