Friday, November 30, 2012


Elyria – An Elyria resident was awakened by the sounds of a truck plowing through her house late Thursday night.

Police say 36 year old Chet McLaughlin of Elyria was traveling West on South Glen (a dead end street) when he went off the road, up over a small grass hill, through a fence and into the back of a house at 333 Longfellow Street.

McLaughlin’s 2009 Silverado was completely inside of the resident’s home, back wheels and all. About 8 feet to the left was the resident’s bedroom.

McLaughlin was not responding to Elyria Police and Firefighters as they tried to gain entry into his locked truck. Firefighters had to bust the passenger side window to get inside to begin treating McLaughlin who eventually came to and began speaking.

Once Firefighters removed McLaughlin from the truck LifeCare Paramedics treated and then transported McLaughlin to Elyria Memorial hospital. He was later transferred to a Cleveland hospital for further evaluation.

Once McLaughlin was out of the house a Firefighter jumped in his truck and backed it out so the resident could be freed from her bedroom.

McLaughlin’s history shows OVI’s in 1995, 1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007. McLaughlin also has a Domestic Violence charge in 2000 that also included Resisting Arrest and Assault. In 2008 he was charged with Disorderly Conduct – Intoxication and Domestic Violence.

McLaughlin told Police he had been drinking but it is still not clear what his blood alcohol level was at the time of the crash.
The crash remains under investigation.


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