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Drunken motorist crashes into Portage house and flees on foot, police say

Drunken motorist crashes into Portage house and flees on foot, police say

Kyle Piper

Kyle Piper

PORTAGE — A 24-year-old man faces several charges after he crashed his car into a house, fled on foot and was later nabbed in another vehicle, police said.

Kyle Piper, of Hanna, is charged with felony operating while intoxicated with a prior conviction and misdemeanor counts of OWI endangering another person, OWI and leaving the scene of an accident, Portage police said.

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Police said they were called out shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday to the 2200 block of Hamstrom Road where a black Dodge Charger had crashed into a home and the driver fled on foot.

While tracking the driver with a dog, police said they stopped another vehicle and found Piper in the passenger seat.

Piper told police he had left his vehicle at a gas station and sought a ride because he was too drunk to drive, according to the incident report.

Police noticed a small abrasion on his forehead and scrapes on both knees, the latter consistent with airbag deployment following a crash, officers said.

The driver told police Piper called him for a ride and he picked up Piper while he was running down a street, police said.

"Mr. Piper would only state that officers had no proof he was driving his vehicle at the time of (the) crash," according to police.


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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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