Palmer police: Suspected drunk driver crashes through garage door

zhollander@adn.comFebruary 24, 2014 

A 26-year-old Palmer man faces numerous charges, including driving under the influence, after the SUV he was driving crashed through a garage door just off the Glenn Highway Saturday afternoon, Palmer police said.

Driver John Timothy Pound was hurt in the wreck and remained hospitalized Monday though not with life-threatening injuries, police said. Two passengers had minor injuries.

No one was in the home when the accident happened.

A witness reported the crash after seeing the red 2004 Ford Explorer leave the road on a hill as Pound made a left turn off the Glenn onto Eagle Avenue, Palmer Officer James "Lucky" Gipson said.

"The vehicle left the roadway, went airborne for a little bit, struck a tree, twisted sideways, went through the garage door and hit a six-wheeler," Gipson said.

No one was in the house at the time, but "shocked" renters got there about 15 minutes after Gipson did, he said. The four-lane highway was dry and weather conditions clear at the time of the accident.

Police are forwarding multiple charges to the Palmer District Attorney's office including DUI, driving on a revoked license and without insurance and reckless endangerment.

Pound's estimated blood-alcohol level was still over the legal limit about three hours after the accident, Gipson said.

The Explorer was totaled in the accident, he said.

Reach Zaz Hollander at zhollander@adn.com or 257-4317.

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