Woman high on methadone drives car into houseMarco Polo was sitting at his desk in his Scanlon home around noon Friday when he heard what he said sounded like a snowplow that suddenly hit an immovable object.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
Marco Polo was sitting at his desk in his Scanlon home around noon Friday when he heard what he said sounded like a snowplow that suddenly hit an immovable object. His blinds were closed at the time, so he leaned over and pulled them aside. Much to his astonishment, he looked straight into the side of a car that had just crashed into his house — only about 12 feet away from where he was sitting.
The airbags of the car, driven by a 43-year-old Scanlon woman, had deployed after it crashed into a vertical wheelchair lift and tore into the steel siding of Polo’s home. He said the woman exited the car by the driver’s side door and was looking over her vehicle.
After police and emergency personnel were notified, the adult female driver was taken to Community Memorial Hospital for an evaluation after showing signs of impairment at the scene of the accident.
According to Cloquet Police Chief Wade Lamirande, the driver later admitted that she was under the influence of methadone at the time of the crash. Deputy Chief Terry Hill reported blood tests were taken and sent to the Minnesota State Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for processing. He indicated the results probably won’t be back for a few weeks.
The case remains under investigation, and no charges have yet been filed.
Officers at the scene of the accident were assisted by the Cloquet Area Fire District after they detected the vehicle had begun leaking gasoline as a result of the crash.
Polo said the wheelchair lift, which he said was valued at $5,000, was a complete loss and will need to be replaced. He also anticipates that steel siding on that portion of his house will need to be replaced. He said the woman’s insurance adjuster has already been in contact with him.