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Police say huffing driver crashed car into garage

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    An Elyria Police officer talks to the man who crashed a car into a home on Middle Avenue in Elyria.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

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ELYRIA — A man is facing charges after crashing a car into the garage of a Middle Avenue home Monday afternoon, police said.

Police arrested Douglas Dewey, 44, on charges of driving under the influence and operation without being in reasonable control of a vehicle after he was accused of crashing into the garage in the 2000 block of Middle Avenue. Police said Dewey was believed to have been intoxicated on an unspecified inhalant which he allegedly admitted to huffing in the vehicle.

Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said Dewey crashed his car into a pole in the Colonial Oaks mobile home park before heading northbound on Middle Avenue where he went off the road and hit the garage of the home.

“He caused a significant amount of damage, and he admitted that he apparently was huffing while driving,” Costantino said.

Costantino said no one was injured during either crash.

“He’s fortunate he didn’t hurt some child walking or somebody driving,” Costantino said.

Walter Keith, who lives with his wife and three children in the home, said his wife and children were shaken up, but everyone was OK.

Keith’s wife told him she heard a very loud and frightening crunching sound when the crash occurred, and she went outside and saw the damage.

“When he got out of the car, my wife said he seemed out of it, and he didn’t even realize he hit my house,” Keith said.

Keith, who has children ages 5 and 9 years old and 18 months old, said he’s thankful his two school-aged children, who normally walk through the garage after school to go inside, were not outside when the crash occurred.

“This happened at, like 2:45, and I had just picked my kids up from school at 2:30 and dropped them off,” Keith said. “They usually come in through the garage, and we just missed it.”

Costantino did not know what Dewey was huffing, although there was likely evidence of the substance in the vehicle. He said people who huff typically inhale from aerosol cans, glue or gasoline for the high.

Contact Jon Wysochanski at 329-7123 or jwysochanski@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonWysochanski.

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