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 or 257-4317.

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