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Alcohol a Factor in House Collision

(Hudson Lake, IN) - A 21-year-old man was allegedly drunk when he drove his sports car into a house in La Porte County early Saturday over in Hudson Lake.


According to police, the driver said he just purchased a 2018 Porsche and was showing off for his friend, who was a passenger in the car. It appears he was traveling too fast for a curve and drove into the yard, before slamming into the side of the house on Bell Avenue.   The impact was hard enough to move the house partially off its foundation, as well as to induce heavy damage on the inside of the structure. 


Two people living there heard the crash and went outside to see the car parked a few hundred feet away. Police said there were no injuries.


The driver, Benjamin Zirkle of Crown Point, had an alleged blood alcohol level slightly above the .08-percent legal limit.  He was charged with Operating while Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. 

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