AUSTIN, Minn. - A man taking a field sobriety test and a squad car were hit by a vehicle early Friday morning after a passenger allegedly slid into the driver’s seat and put the truck in reverse.
Austin police made a traffic stop at 1:50 a.m. Friday at 8th Ave. SE and 4th Ave. SE.
While police were issuing the sobriety test, a 25-year-old Austin man put the 2001 Chevy S-10 into reverse, striking his friend and the squad car before taking off.
The man then allegedly drove the truck into a house int he 800 block of 8th Ave. SE. A gas line was ruptured and Austin fire and utilities were called out.
Sharon Goehtz was home when the crash occurred.
"I heard a bang," Goehtz said.
Goehtz has lived in the neighbor for seven years and says nothing this crazy has ever happened to her.
Even days later she still can't believe it.
"He knocked on my door and wanted to know if he could come in and hide,” Goehtz said. “I said no and shut the door quickly and locked it and then he ran around to the window and broke that."
The impact of the crash left foundation damage inside Goehtz house.There was also a broken window and rail was bent where Goehtz believes the Austin man tried to enter her house. She says she doesn't understand why this happened.
Austin Police Chief David McKichan says thing could have ended a lot differently.
"This went from us issuing a ticket where we are all walking away to an incredible escalation,” McKichan said. “ The officers don't know what that passengers intent was."
The driver, whose name hasn’t been released, was taken to the hospital for his injuries.
The original driver was cited for driving after revocation and did not seek medical attention.
The officer was not injured.