News Release

Drunk Driving Crash into a House 3218-17

Incident#: 3218-17            

 Incident Type:  

Property Damage Crash involving a pickup truck and residence

Operating While Intoxicated

Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident

Fail to Report a Property Damage Accident

Date/ Time: 

Thursday, June 8, 2017 around 2330 hours


66000 blk of County Road 388, Geneva Twp Van Buren County  

Suspect 1:   

56 year old male from Geneva Twp, MI (Name withheld pending arraignment)


Sheriff Daniel Abbott reports that Van Buren County Deputies responded to an address in the 66000 blk of CR 388 in Geneva Twp after a pickup truck crashed into a residence and was attempting to flee the scene.  The driver and truck were gone prior to deputies’ arrival, but after investigation, both were located in the area.  It was discovered that the 56 year old male driver was intoxicated and fell asleep behind the wheel as he passed his own home, driving through a stop sign and intersection before leaving the roadway and crashing into the unsuspecting victim’s home.  The elderly home owners were thankfully uninjured in this case.  The driver was subsequently arrested for Operating While Intoxicated and lodged at the Van Buren County Jail.  A copy of the report will be forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review.

Please contact the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office with any additional information regarding this incident.       

Investigating Deputy: 

Deputy Ryan McFanin, Deputy Robert Miersma

Assisting Agencies: 

Deputies were assisted by South Haven Area Emergency Services

Supervisor Contact:

Lt. Jim Charon or On Duty Shift Supervisor: 269-657-3101

Jim Charon