19-year-old arrested after SUV hits house

Photos and press release from LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a crash that involved a vehicle and a residence on U.S. 35 Friday morning, May 5, 2017. Emergency responders were dispatched to 4058 N. U.S. 35, approximately two miles north of LaPorte, for the crash shortly after 6 a.m. Upon arrival deputies found a gray 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer that had left the roadway and struck the residence. The driver, identified as Lincoln Steinhiser, 19, claimed to have minor injuries and was transported by the LaPorte County Emergency Medical Service to LaPorte Hospital.

Deputy Rashaun Sinclair, who is investigating the crash, spoke with a witness who stated that the Chevrolet was traveling north on U.S. 35 when it passed another northbound vehicle in a no-passing lane and at a high rate of speed. The Chevrolet lost control and slid across the three lanes of U.S. 35 and into the yard of the residence, eventually striking the southeast corner of the home. Sinclair reported that there was significant structural damage to the home, which was knocked several inches off the foundation. There were several people in the home at the time of the crash, including children; none of them were injured.

While the investigation was ongoing, Sinclair was notified that Steinhiser was attempting to leave the emergency room at LaPorte Hospital. Deputy Bobby Greer responded to the emergency room and attempted to detain Steinhiser, who resisted and was then taken into custody. Steinhiser, who refused medical treatment, was transported to the LaPorte County Jail, where he was charged with Operating While Intoxicated, Resisting Law Enforcement and Minor Consuming Alcohol. As of this release Deputy Sinclair was awaiting the certified blood test results; however, he did state that Steinhiser tested .16% on a portable breath test.

As of this release Steinhiser’s mugshot had not yet been processed.

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