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SUV crashes into Jefferson Boulevard house

Resident says a window was broken and some paneling in the home came loose during the wreck

December 18, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. Chief Dave Fraley, right, and another official look at a house on Jefferson Boulevard Sunday that was struck by a sport utility vehicle. Some of the damage can be seen above a front window.
Dave McMillion, Staff Writer

Charles Shifflett was watching football in his house on Jefferson Boulevard Sunday afternoon when a sport utility vehicle slammed into the front of his home.

"It was just a big bang. The Christmas tree fell on the floor, balls went everywhere and I went out the door," Shifflett said.

Trooper 1st Class J.R. Bowers of the Maryland State Police estimated the 1997 Toyota 4Runner was traveling between 60 mph and 70 mph when it went through Shifflet's front yard, struck a tree, went airborne and struck the house. The 4Runner continued airborne after striking the house and struck another vehicle in the parking lot of the Wooden Keg next door, Bowers said.

The 4Runner came to rest near a small stream between the house and the Wooden Keg.

The driver of the vehicle, Dwayne Allen Smith, 38, of 16 West Side Ave., Hagerstown, was charged with driving under the influence, driving while impaired by alcohol, reckless driving, negligent driving, left of center and failure to display a driver's license, Bowers said.

Smith was taken to Meritus Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries after the crash, which was reported at 4:41 p.m., according to a 911 dispatcher and Bowers.

Shifflett said a window on his house was broken and some paneling in the home came loose during the wreck. Bowers said it appears the vehicle struck the house at a height of about 7 feet.

A building inspector examined the house but it appeared to have only minor damage, said Dave Fraley, chief of the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co.

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